Don’t al­low builders to dodge so­lar law

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - VIEWS & VOICES - Hawaii Kai

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.

Cyn­thia Josserand

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