Renewable Energy

Sunny Skies and Green Energy in Hawaii

Solar photovoltaic permits are up 40% statewide for the first six months of this year compared to 2019, according to data compiled by Marco Mangelsdorf, president of ProVision Solar in Hilo. Across the state, there were 3,028 PV permits issued over the first half of 2020 compared to 2,161 last year. This includes huge growth for Maui County. One reason? Federal tax credits are scheduled to decrease from 26% this year to 22% in 2021. Industry professionals predict the second half of 2020 should c [...]

Clean Energy Goals Leap Forward with Island Solar Projects

The demigod Maui lassoed the sun to make our days last longer. Hawaiian Electric Company also seeks to capture our abundant sunshine in it's largest quest yet for renewable energy projects. On May 11, 2020, HECO announced sixteen solar-plus-storage or standalone storage projects on three islands have been selected in the latest phase of Hawaiian Electric’s transition to using 100 percent renewable energy to generate electricity by 2045. The projects, selected after a competitive evaluation that [...]

6 Tips to Go Green

200 years ago there were less than one billion people on earth. If it seems like things have gotten a bit more crowded, it's because there are now over 7 billion of us humans taking up space and using precious resources. Condo and Homeowner Associations can do their part to protect the earth by implementing green practices and making more  eco-friendly choices. Here are six suggestions a "green" HOA or condo association can implement, from our friends at Evercondo: 1. Use Paperless Communicati [...]

Solar Energy Credit Pass-Thru to Unit Owners

Maui County has the highest electrical rates in the nation. Currently, that rate averages $0.38/kwh for homeowner associations. Hawaii as a whole has more photovoltaic (PV) panels installed per capita than any other state in the nation. So, it makes a great deal of sense for associations to start the discussion on whether installing solar photovoltaic (“PV”) systems make sense. Can Unit Owners in a Homeowner Association Take Advantage of the Federal and State Solar Energy Tax Credits? The a [...]

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