Over the last couple of years, a number of bills have made their way to the Hawaiian legislature that would serve to reduce the solar tax credit, thereby stifling clean energy innovations and disincentivizing businessowners and homeowners that would otherwise invest in solar.
One such bill is HB566, which limits the total amount of the credit per year for all technologies over the next five years to $7 million, placing unreasonable burden on alternative energy investors and businesses — a move that would appear to save money in the short term but spell death for innovation and forward-thinking energy policy in the long term.
HB566 is being heard Tuesday morning in the House Energy and Environmental Protection Committee.
Sunetric has already joined solar, thermal, and wind energy companies statewide in opposing this bill. Your help makes a difference. You can submit testimony to the bill; doing so indicates our concern with the bill and will be vital to its defeat.
To submit your testimony: visit the Hawaii State Legislature website, indicate ‘HB566′ in question 1 to get the requisite hearing information, fill in the rest of the form, and finally upload a letter on your company letterhead saying that you oppose the bill. Your letter should be succinct and keep an objective, matter-of-fact tone, indicating how long you have been in business and how alternative energy opportunities serve the efficiency of your internal affairs as well as your customers, in turn energizing the economy, and how this bill could potentially hobble an extremely promising industry just as it is taking off.
We at Sunetric thank you in helping us to oppose this bill and look forward to a bright future for solar in which we can all enjoy cleaner, less expensive power.