More Solar Coming to Hawaii in Spite of Ups and Downs in the State


As PV solar permits are down in Honolulu, other developments in Hawaii are more positive. NaturEnergy brings solar to more island residents in Oahu, with the goal of providing clean and affordable energy for all.

Solar in Hawaii continues experiencing ups and downs. The state ranks #6 on the list of Top Solar States, and Honolulu comes in at #5 in cumulative solar capacity. Yet today, the Pacific Business Insider reported that “Honolulu saw its 12th straight month of year-over-year decline in the number of solar photovoltaic permits issued last month.”

There are some brighter developments in Hawaii, though. Also today, NaturEnergy, Inc., a renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions company, announced plans to bring solar to more island residents. NEC plans to purchase a solar facility that will soon be commissioned at Maili Beach Place, in the city of Waianae on the island of Oahu.

All of the energy produced by the 354 kW system will be used by residents of Maili Beach Place Condos at a discounted rate for 20 years.

Plans are also afoot to acquire and construct additional solar projects on Oahu, totaling 90 MW of potential power. And NEI and its local partners are working together to develop and build other renewable energy projects on the islands, with the goal of providing clean and affordable energy for all.

Asim Khan, CEO, NaturEnergy Inc., stated, “This relationship will help contribute to the nation’s renewable energy goals, specifically on the islands where our unique service programs are perfectly suited to create sustainable and long term solutions. We are committed for the long term in supporting our island partners in the development of our collective program initiatives.”