Solar industry sees impact of COVID-19, experiences $6.7 Million in revenue loss

Posted on Monday, June 29, 2020


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Updated solar Adopters List - 2019

Posted on Friday, March 29, 2019

HSEA Solar Adopters List

Below is a list of companies who may be able to help you or your client with a solar maintenance or operations issue. Over the past 3 year, the solar industry has contracted and resulted in some businesses closing their doors or relocating out of Hawaii markets. This list, provided by the HSEA, represents HSEA member companies who have made a commitment to assisting customers that no longer have access or contact with their original contractor.

Many of these contractors service both electrical photovoltaic and energy storage systems as well as solar hot water systems. Companies with an asterisk (*) service ONLY PV.


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Hawai‘i Gas Boiling Against Landmark Decision on Solar Water Heaters Fossil Fuel Company Belatedly Seeks to Intervene in Environmental Court Case

Posted on Monday, February 25, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  February 25, 2019 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: HSEA Appoints Caroline Carl as Interim Board Officer

Posted on Wednesday, September 19, 2018


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HSEA Report May

Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2018


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Civil Beat Article on HECO Dragging its Feet on Renewable

Posted on Thursday, May 24, 2018
All Credit for this Article goes to Civil Beat and Stewart Yerton  

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Governor Ige passed Ratepayer Relief Act

Posted on Tuesday, April 24, 2018


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April 25th, 2018

Governor Ige sign Performance Based Ratemaking bill into law, makes Hawaii only state with PBR in statute.

HONOLULU – Today, Governor David Ige signed into law SB2939 of the 29th Hawaii State Legislature. SB2939, also known as the Performance Based Ratemaking bill, further aligns utility ratemaking processes with state’s renewable energy goals. Hawaii will be the first state to have performance based ratemaking mechanisms in statute, making it one of the most progressive states for energy policy.

“Performance based ratemaking is where the rubber meets the road for bleeding edge energy policy,” says Will Giese, HSEA Executive Director. “If the 2045 Renewable Portfolio Standard was the vehicle to a clean energy future, then PBR is the engine that will get us there.”

Variations on this bill have been heard at the legislator for over five years, and the PUC recently opened a docket to “investigate the economic and policy issues associated with performance-based regulation.”[1] The preamble to SB2939 specifically references the Hawaii PUC’s “Inclinations on the Future of the Electric Utility”[2] as a guiding document for the language of the bill.

“This is truly transformational energy policy,” says HSEA President Brian Gold, “HSEA is proud to have been involved and looks forward to working with all parties to continue the push to 100% renewable energy.”

Per the language of SB2939, the Hawaii PUC is required to establish performance incentives and penalty mechanisms by January 1, 2020 that directly tie an electric utility’s “revenues to that utility's achievement on performance metrics and break the direct link between allowed revenues and investment levels.”[3] Some of the performance metrics include affordability of electric rates, electric service reliability, and rapid integration of renewable energy services, among others.

“This bill is a big win for local consumers who will pay less for better electric service with more options for home solar and energy storage,” says Representative Chris Lee, Chair of the Environmental and Energy Committee, “It’s also a big win for utilities transitioning to a sustainable business model that can survive disruption in the energy sector.”

“If you were wondering how we get more renewables, cheaper electric bills, and better utility grid reliability, this is it,” says Will Giese, “This is a landmark piece of energy policy and it is totally in line with the Governor’s vision of a clean, sustainable Hawai’i.”

SB2939 was passed unanimously by the Hawaii State House and Senate. A diverse group of stakeholders supported the bill, including The Sierra Club of Hawai’i, Blue Planet Foundation, The Alliance for Solar Choice, Organizing for Action, 350 Hawaii, and numerous individuals. The bill goes into effect on July 1, 2018.


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. The majority of our member companies are locally owned and operated, making HSEA the leading voice of Hawaii’s solar industry.


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Statement by Mayor Caldwell on Solar Energy in Honolulu

Posted on Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Honolulu – Mayor Kirk Caldwell has co-signed a public letter with the Mayors for Solar Energy to reiterate his support for clean, renewable energy (letter attached). The bipartisan group of 180 U.S. mayors, representing cities large and small in 42 states, resolve to make solar power a key element of their communities’ energy plans and call on others to embrace clean energy from the sun. 

“Solar on thousands of homes and government buildings is helping Honolulu reach our sustainable energy goals,” said Mayor Caldwell. “We are on the front lines of sea level rise and other climate change effects and we must drastically reduce our use of fossil fuels. My administration is working to expedite permits for photovoltaic and battery storage systems and the results are clear.” 

The move by mayors to promote solar power comes at a time when the federal administration is rolling back Obama-era policies aimed at reducing climate emissions and encouraging renewable energy. 

“Oʻahu moved up to 21 percent renewable in 2017 from 19 percent the year before, and the lion’s share of that growth came from private rooftop solar installation,” said Josh Stanbro, the City and County of Honolulu’s Chief Resilience Officer. “Local governments and cities are leading on climate change policy right now, and our residents are also stepping in to help build a solar future from the ground up.”

The commitment from Mayor Caldwell to accelerate the transition to solar comes on the heels of a new report released by Environment America called “Shining Cities: How Smart Local Policies are Expanding Solar Power in America.” The report found that Honolulu ranks first in the nation for installed solar capacity per capita in the United States. Honolulu also jumped up to the No. 3 slot for total solar installed in a city. For a link to the Environment America report, click here.

“It is really exciting to see Honolulu rise in the rankings of volume of overall solar capacity,” said Aki Marceau of Elemental Excelerator, a nonprofit that has funded 35 clean energy, transportation, water, and agriculture projects with startups in Hawai‘i.  “Local businesses, utilities, and state and city agencies have stepped up to make this possible. We hope to see this kind of engagement with new, clean technologies beyond solar."

In 2016, nearly 2,000 people were employed in solar jobs on Oʻahu, and solar permits issued in February 2018 on Oʻahu were 26 percent higher than the previous year – signaling the potential for expanded growth in the sector through 2018. Mayor Caldwell and the city’s Department of Planning and Permitting have been working with the renewable energy industry to streamline battery storage and photovoltaic (PV) approvals, which helped lead to the expansion.

William Giese, Executive Director of the Hawaiʻi Solar Energy Association, lauded the commitment by Mayor Caldwell and pledged to continue to keep Honolulu at the top of the list. “The Hawaiʻi Solar Energy Association will continue to work with Mayor Caldwell and the City and County of Honolulu to bring more solar to Oʻahu, lower electric bills, increase customer choice, and drive Hawaiʻi towards 100 percent clean energy.”

While residents can save money with solar panels on their roof, the entire community benefits from increased renewable energy production.

“Cities everywhere should take steps to switch to solar energy,” said Emma Searson, Environment America’s Go Solar Campaign Coordinator. “By tapping into the power of the sun, cities can benefit from cleaner air and improved public health, while simultaneously tackling climate change.” 

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First General Membership Meeting of 2018

Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2018

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HSEA Permitting Report 8/30/17

Posted on Wednesday, August 30, 2017


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