What is the HSEA?

Founded in 1977, the Hawaii Solar Energy Association is a Non-Profit organization and is comprised of installers, distributors, manufacturers, auditors, and financiers of solar water heating and photovoltaic systems.

Member Benefits

  • Advocacy

    Gain access to  critical information.

  • Education

    Expand your business skills through industry experts.

  • Networking

    Socialize with prospects, partners, vendors and friends.

The HSEA works on behalf of the State of Hawaii to preserve research and investment with Solar Technologies. We thank you for your donations.
NOTE: Donations are not tax deductible.

Member Photo Gallery

Check out a few photos from HSEA members.

Alternate Energy Installers Working LateAmerican Electric Completed ProjectBonterra Solar's Kaupuni First Net Zero Village in the USABonterra Solar Commercial Project Simply StorageBonterra Solar TeamEnphase Team At The Enphase HeadquartersJohn Grandinetti Offering Service Work for Solar in AfricaHawaiian Electric's 120 Years of Service
Honeywell Earns Green Business AwardKumuKit Delivers another Solar Energy SystemKyocera's Beautiful Carport StructuresSunetric and Blue Planet Deliver Solar For Santa at Honolulu Hale 2011Smart Energy Hawaii's Fuji-film ProjectSolarCity Installers Completing a ProjectAmerican Module Maker Solarworld's HeadquartersSunetric Completes Another Residential Project

News & Events

    Solar Power International 2013! - Details »

    HSEA General Membership Meeting June 20th 2013 - Details »

    Efficiency Sales Professional Certification Program: Register Now! - Details »

    Solar Day At The Capitol! - Details »

    Up to 110,000 New Green Jobs Created in 2012 - Details »

    Six Reasons Why Do It Yourself Solar Is Not a Good Idea - Details »

    HSEA and SolarReviews Engage in Partnership - Details »

    State loans urged to help residents install solar gear - Details »

    Fox News Claims Solar Won't Work in America Because It's Not Sunny Like Germany - Details »

    Kalaeloa Solar Project Get's "OK" from Navy Command - Details »

Rogue Systems and Battery Update

Posted on Friday, April 18, 2014

1.  Rogue systems 

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H B 1943 HD 2 SD 1 passed

Posted on Monday, March 31, 2014

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Massive Legislature & Regulatory Updates

Posted on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 Updates on MANY bills and regulation changes have been added to the member's only section.  Please log in to view them!

Legislation Cross Over THIS WEEK

Posted on Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Believe it or not, we are already at cross over this week.  That means that all bills that have passed through their last committee must be voted on in their respective houses by Tues (or Thurs for amended bills) in order to cross over to the other house on Friday.  Then, next week, it starts all over again.   

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Upcoming Representative Election

Posted on Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Although HSEA does not usually endorse individual candidates, I want to bring to your attention a race that is getting going in Kailua.  Representative Thielen has always been a strong supporter of renewables--especially roof top solar, and you can always count on her to ask the hard questions at hearings.  She's also the vice-chair of the Energy and Environmental Protection Committee in the House, which is the first stop for any energy bill.   

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Rogue Systems

Posted on Tuesday, March 04, 2014

The utility has informed us that they are getting ready to take action on PV systems that have been installed and energized without permission (aka Rogue systems).   The likely action will be either that the utility installs a digital meter on the property, or the utility locks out the system. If your company has any systems out that should not be energized, you have this last chance to bring them into compliance.   

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Battery Storage Line Drawings

Posted on Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Does your company market battery based PV systems?  If so, HSEA is asking members to submit line drawings of systems to include in our technical advisory group on rule 14H.  The group is under a tight deadline, so please submit any applicable line drawings ASAP (by the end of this week to be involved in discussions from the beginning) directly to Leslie or the HSEA info email address.   

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Policy update: HECOs Transient Over-Voltage Mitigation Plan

Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014

On Wednesday, February 26, HECO sent out an email to solar contractors detailing their new plan on dealing with Transient Over-Voltage (TOV) and what is required for new NEM system inverters.  They are also raising the circuit penetration threshold up to 120%, which will be updated on the HECO Locational Value Maps website within a few weeks. 

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How to recover member login details

Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014

Members, if you're having trouble logging into the Members Section to view updates or print your HSEA membership certificate, click on the "Member Sign-In" at the very top right area of the main page, then the "Forgot Password?" link below the login fields, and a new password will be emailed to you. 

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Legislative update: HB 1943 HD 2, SB 2656 SD 1, and Interconnection Updates

Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 A new legislative update has been posted to the Legislative Affairs section!  Members, please log in to view it.

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