Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell this week signed into law a bill that will move ahead the installation of solar energy systems at city buildings and facilities to meet the City and County of Honolulu’s power demand.
Bill 64, which was introduced by Councilmembers Ann Kobayashi and Trevor Ozawa in August, says that all solar photovoltaic systems installed at a city building or facility must be designed and installed up to current regulations and standards.
The council pointed out in the bill that a number of “novel and innovative solar cell applications have been developed and implemented for use in sidewalks, windows and roadways, and that the technology for solar PV systems is constantly changing and researchers are devising new ways to improve the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of such systems.”
Rooftop solar PV growth in Hawaii has reached record levels, although a recent ruling by state regulators to axe net energy metering is likely to slow down the industry.
Duane Shimogawa covers energy, commercial real estate and development for Pacific Business News.
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