Declines for a third consecutive quarter weigh against tighter tax credits and HECO rules
Installations of solar photovoltaic systems in Hawaii dropped for the third consecutive quarter, according to a report from the Solar Energy Industry Associated that attributed the decline to new utility guidelines for connecting to the grid and stricter rules for claiming renewable energy tax credits.
Homes and businesses installed a total of 24.7 megawatts of PV generating capacity in the third quarter, down 17 percent from 29.7 megawatts installed during the previous three-month period, the SEIA said in a report to be released today. Both residential and commercial installations declined.
An overwhelming majority of Hawaii voters oppose charging a fee to utility customers who install solar photovoltaic panels, according to the results of a poll released Wednesday.
The poll, conducted for Pacific Resource Partnership and the Sierra Club of Hawaii, also found that public support for solar energy in Hawaii is stronger than what other polls have shown for the nation as a whole.
Of those polled, nearly 5 out of 6 said they oppose charging utility customers an additional fee for installing PV panels. Conversely, just 13 percent said they supported a fee, while 5 percent said they were undecided.