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The U.S. Department of Energy and Hawaii state officials teamed
up to develop clean, renewable energy sources. The goal is to
reduce Hawaii's use of oil by 70 percent over the next two decades
Tax Reduction and Renewable Energy In Hawaii
In a joint Republican Caucus Package Press Conference, Senator
Sam Slom addresses tax reduction ideas and solutions for Hawaii
citizens. Representative Cynthia Thielen speaks on the need for
renewable energy in Hawaii.
Hawaii:  Greening Army
On the sunny isle of Oahu, the US military is the largest
electricity user.  Now as energy prices soar, the local Army base
is turning to solar power.  (National Geographic)
HSEA remains optimistic
Mark Duda, President of the Hawaii Solar Energy Association (HSEA), talks about the legislative and
regulatory prospects for feed-in tariffs in Hawaii, in all their complexity, recorded from Hawaii on May 6,
Pacific Energy Strategies - New Hawaii Solar Law for 2010
Hawaii state law that will require solar water heaters on all homes
built after 2009. (KHON News)
Hawaii solar farm is first of its kind in the world
The Hawai‘i Clean Energy Initiative is charting a new path toward an energy-independent
future for Hawai‘i. Today, imported oil supplies 90% of Hawai‘i's energy. Our dependence on
oil threatens our most precious resources—the land, air, and water that sustain us. And it
places our economic security at risk. Simply stated, our current way of meeting our energy
needs is not sustainable. We must alter our course.

A partnership between the state of Hawai‘i and the U.S. Department of Energy launched in
2008, the Hawai‘i Clean Energy Initiative is bringing together business leaders, policy
makers, and concerned citizens committed to leading Hawai‘i to energy independence.

The Hawai‘i Clean Energy Initiative aims to transform Hawai‘i into a world model for energy
independence and sustainability. Our goal is to meet 70% of Hawai‘i's energy needs with
clean energy by 2030.

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$1M in federal funds for "Hot Water, Cool Rates" program

HONOLULU -- Lt. Governor Duke Aiona today announced four of Hawai`i’s top financial institutions will be providing a benefit of over
$1.3 million dollars for Hot Water, Cool Rates, a new solar water-heater loan interest-buydown program.

Hot Water, Cool Rates is an incentive program that enables homeowners to save approximately $1,000 in interest when financing the
installation of a solar-water heating system installed by a Hawai`i Energy Participating Solar Contactor. Qualified borrowers will
capture the savings through attractive rates and special loan terms through the Hawai‘i Energy Participating Lenders. This innovative
program removes the upfront cash barrier that currently prevents many residents from investing in solar energy, while simultaneously
moving Hawai`i closer to energy independence.

“This program helps our residents and families reduce their energy costs, and invest in a clean energy future,” said Lt. Governor
Aiona. “Through innovative and collaborative programs, we are making significant progress in transforming Hawai`i from the most
foreign-oil dependent state in the nation into a true leader for clean and sustainable energy.”

Hawaii Energy offers new program to help residents improve energy efficiency
HONOLULU – As part of ongoing efforts to help the Hawaii residents save energy and money, Hawaii Energy will be piloting a new Home
Energy Report program this month. The reports will offer energy use peer comparisons, household energy use insights, personalized
tips on how to reduce electricity bills and energy use progress tracking to a select group of 15,000 residents during this initial test.

“We are pleased to offer this special program through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds made available by the
Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism’s State Energy Office,” said Ray Starling, Hawaii Energy program
manager. “We expect that this pilot program will prove to be another useful tool in our arsenal to reduce Hawaii’s dependence on
imported oil.”

Under the new program, updated Home Energy Reports will be sent on a regular basis to help residents understand their energy use
throughout the year and provide tips on how to save. Similar peer comparison programs have been shown to be successful in other

“Promoting increased personal energy awareness and giving Hawaii ratepayers the information they need to make smart energy
choices will help them save and play a significant role in achieving the goals of the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative,” said Estrella Seese,
Acting Energy Program Administrator, DBEDT’s State Energy Office. “We are pleased to be able to support such important programs
affecting Hawaii’s energy future.”

The Home Energy Report program is among many other offerings by Hawaii Energy. The program continues to assist residents and
business in making decisions and investments in energy conservation and efficiency as well as education and outreach.

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Hawaii may depend on bonds to help finance home solar
Program would help homeowners pay for renewable energy
Honolulu Advertiser 3/7/10

Trying to nudge homeowners to convert to solar power and reduce dependency on
electricity, Gov. Linda Lingle and state lawmakers may authorize state bonds that would
finance loans to cover the upfront cost of installation.

Cost is a barrier for many homeowners interested in solar, despite federal and state tax
incentives and utility rebates available to help make renewable energy more affordable.

A solar heating water system costs about $6,500 to $7,000, according to the Hawai'i Solar
Energy Association. The out-of-pocket expense for homeowners, after the tax credits and
rebates, is about $2,000. A more extensive photovoltaic system costs between $15,000 and
$60,000, with the out-of-pocket expense about half that amount after tax credits.

Under the bond-financing program, homeowners would get loans that would be repaid
through assessments on their county property tax bills. The loans would be attached to the
property, not the homeowner, and would remain if the property is sold.

Abercrombie signs bill advancing
Hawaii's clean energy goals
Solar energy has been saving customers
hundreds of dollars on their electricity bill,
but only for homeowners who can afford
thousands of dollars in upfront installation
costs.  That's about to change.

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Hawaii's new program.