Distributed Energy Resources Council Forms to Represent Distributed and Smart Grid Companies in Achieving 100% Renewable Generation for Hawaii

Council to create constructive paths towards affordable, reliable and sustainable energy supply


Honolulu, Hawaii – November 10, 2015 – Six member organizations have joined to create the newly formed Distributed Energy Resources Council of Hawaii (DERC Hawaii), representing distributed energy and smart grid technologies as the state works to achieve 100 percent renewable generation by 2045. The organization is the first association formed in the U.S. to exclusively represent behind-the-meter, distributed energy resources. Member companies include E-Gear, a battery energy storage system provider; Enphase, the largest microinverter manufacturer in the world; Hawaii Energy Connection, a sustainable energy solution provider; Hygrid, an energy consulting firm; Stem, a leading intelligent energy storage and software provider; and Tabuchi, one of the world’s largest solar inverter manufacturers.


Distributed Energy Resources Council members’ behind-the-meter technologies and solutions are integral to the sustainable development of the electricity sector in Hawaii. With the formation of DERC Hawaii, member organizations aim to work with all stakeholders willing to collaboratively achieve common goals.


“We are pleased to see the formation of this collaboration platform for distributed energy technologies in Hawaii,” said Dawn Lippert, Director of the Energy Excelerator, a program of the Pacific International Center for High Technology Research that funds seed-stage and growth-stage startups with compelling and immediate applications in Hawaii. “The utility landscape is changing and we need new technology companies at the table in order to help our utilities transform to a clean energy future. We hope DERC will work with policy makers, utilities and regulators to pave the way for new jobs, innovation and collaboration in Hawaii's energy sector.”


The organization plans to actively participate in proceedings at the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission as well as monitor and engage in relevant legislative opportunities.


DERC Hawaii currently has a candidate selection process underway to identify an Executive Director. For more information please contact info@DERCouncil.org.



About the Distributed Energy Resources Council of Hawaii

The Distributed Energy Resources Council of Hawaii (DERC Hawaii) is a collaboration between distributed energy resource (DER) and smart grid (SG) companies committed to developing constructive paths towards an affordable, reliable and sustainable energy supply for Hawaii. Its objectives are to enable DER and SG technologies to provide clean, sustainable energy and reliability services, and to ensure that DER and SG companies receive reasonable compensation for their contributions. For more information visit www.DERCouncil.org  


About Member Organizations


About E-Gear™

E-GEAR™, LLC is a renewable energy innovation company offering proprietary patented and patent pending edge-of-grid energy management and storage solutions that offer intelligent real-time adaptive control, flexibility, visibility, predictability and support to energy consumers, energy service companies (ESCOs) and Utilities. For more information visit www.e-gear.us


About Enphase Energy

Enphase Energy designs and manufacturers clean, intelligent and reliable energy management systems that enable greater customer control over energy usage while simultaneously providing important grid support services. Our unique technology platform is fully distributed and networked allowing for the seamless integration of our systems into the electricity grid. We are also the largest microinverter manufacturer in the world with systems installed in over 80 countries. For more information visit www.enphase.com


About HyGrid Energy

HyGrid Energy is a Hawaii-based energy consulting firm focused on the growth of distributed energy resources globally. Through extensive experience and relationships, they assist their clients with strategy, sales and financing of renewable energy products. Hygrid is currently working with Tabuchi Electric and Exergy Power Systems to integrate behind-the-meter and utility scale energy storage systems across the United States. They are driven by the desire to bring the cheapest and cleanest energy to the people of Hawaii and beyond. For more information visit www.hygridsolar.com


About Hawaii Energy Connection

Fueled by the passion to accelerate the adoption of renewable energy in Hawaii, locally owned and managed Hawaii Energy Connection has experienced stunning growth to become a nationally recognized solar integration company dedicated to affordable energy solutions. For the homeowner, Hawaii Energy Connection offers the incredibly popular KumuKitäpackages, uniquely engineered to achieve peak energy production, maximize available tax credits, and ultimately shrink your electric bill. Hawaii Energy Connection also offers sustainable energy solutions for businesses, government, and military. They handle every facet of a solar project from inception to interconnection. www.hawaiienergyconnection.com


About Stem

Stem, a leading provider of intelligent energy storage and grid services, combines big data, predictive analytics and energy storage to simultaneously reduce electricity costs for businesses and in aggregate, deliver services to the grid. Stem’s software learns a customer’s unique energy profile to maximize savings and displays real-time and predicted energy use alongside actionable recommendations. When aggregated, Stem’s customer-sited storage network offers flexible, cost-competitive capacity and information services to the grid. Headquartered in Millbrae, California, Stem is funded by a consortium of leading investors including Angeleno Group, Iberdrola (Inversiones Financieras Perseo), GE Ventures, Constellation New Energy, Total Energy Ventures, Mitsui & Co., Ltd. and RWE Supply & Trading. For more information visit www.stem.com


About Tabuchi Electric

Tabuchi Electric is the leading residential solar inverter manufacturer in Japan and has been a leading power electronics company since 1925. Tabuchi’s solar-plus-storage solutions are grid-friendly plug-and-play systems optimized for energy management and cost performance that are ready to install today. Tabuchi is committed to developing technologies to solve urgent global energy challenges and make all buildings net-zero. For more information, please visit www.tabuchiamerica.com