So­lar per­mit num­bers de­crease

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - NEWS -

HONOLULU (AP) — Of­fi­cials say they are see­ing a de­crease in the num­ber of so­lar per­mits be­ing is­sued in some coun­ties.

Maui County saw a 71 per­cent de­crease in the num­ber of per­mits is­sued for rooftop so­lar sys­tems. Only 155 per­mits were is­sued dur­ing the first quar­ter of 2017. By this time last year, 540 per­mits had been is­sued.

“The so­lar PV car­nage is be­ing acutely felt on the Val­ley Isle,” said Marco Man­gels­dorf, who com­piles the rooftop so­lar per­mit data and is pres­i­dent of Hilobased Pro­Vi­sion So­lar.

State Depart­ment of Busi­ness, Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment and Tourism of­fi­cials say that on Oahu, res­i­den­tial rooftop so­lar sys­tem per­mits had a 62 per­cent de­crease this quar­ter com­pared to the first quar­ter of 2016.

Of­fi­cials say the num­ber of pho­to­voltaic sys­tems that were is­sued per­mits also dropped by 19 per­cent.

The de­crease comes af­ter state reg­u­la­tors ended a so­lar in­cen­tive pro­gram called net en­ergy me­ter­ing that cred­ited cus­tomers the full re­tail rate for ex­cess en­ergy in the so­lar en­ergy sys­tems sent to the grid, in Oc­to­ber 2015. The grid-sup­ply pro­gram also came to a halt af­ter it reached its cap.

The state Leg­is­la­ture is work­ing on two bills that would es­tab­lish in­cen­tives for cus­tomers who buy en­ergy stor­age sys­tems.

MAN­GELS­DORF

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