Don’t allow builders to dodge solar law
For years my husband and I have, with pride, told all our visitors about the Hawaii law requiring any new home construction to include solar water heaters. Little did we realize that the law has a loophole big enough to drive an entire development through (“Ho‘opili poised to join many exempted from solar heater law,” Star-Advertiser, Feb. 12).
I’m speaking of the Ho‘opili community. Did D.R. Horton really receive exemptions from the law? How does the state reach its goal of 100 percent renewable energy when it has never met a development request that it did not grant?
Shame on the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism for failing to comply with the intent of the law and granting 99 percent of the variances requested.
I wish state Sen. Stanley Chang well in his quest to pass Senate Bill 1121 and close the loophole. Our Legislature has not shown any backbone in standing up to developers in the past, but hope springs eternal.