A new report from the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute (HNEI) suggests that the island of O'ahu could meet a quarter of its electricity needs using solar power and wind resources.
To streamline the solar installation process, some state-sponsored solar rebate programs are set up so that the contractor is paid directly. He or she bills the customer system cost, less the rebate. Following installation, the contractor applies for the solar rebate and collects the funds. Such an approach lessens the burden on all parties. Sometimes, however, things don't go as originally agreed -- as a recent series of events in Hawaii demonstrates.