Company-led effort seeks to 'Save Hawaii Solar'

Some of Hawaii’s solar energy companies, including one of the biggest — Kailua-based Sunetric —have formed a group called “Save Hawaii Solar” to try and stop proposed state legislation they say “would kill Hawaii’s solar industry.”

The group’s website has circulated an online petition targeting Senate Bill 2288, which Save Hawaii Solar says would severely restrict the Renewable Energy Technology Credit currently offered by the state.

The bill would limit credits to one for each tax map key regardless of the number or types of systems and by creating a cap on the credit for renewable energy systems regardless of the cost or capacity of the system.

State Rep. Denny Coffman, who is the chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Environmental Protection and a proponent of SB 2288, told PBN that it’s been very difficult working on this bill.

“I want to keep the [solar energy] industry going, but when I hear that we’re [state] cutting services for our people and that students may not have bus service, we need to think about how we deal with the tax credits,” he said.

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