Solar Rights (Hawaii)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Hawaii
Name Solar Rights
Incentive Type Solar/Wind Access Policy
Applicable Sector Residential, Townhouse and Condominium Owners
Eligible Technologies Passive Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics, Solar Space Heat, Solar Water Heat
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs, Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Date added to DSIRE 2000-01-01
Last DSIRE Review 2012-08-20

References DSIRE[1]


Hawaii law prohibits the creation of any covenant or restriction contained in any document restricting the installation or use of a solar energy system on a residential dwelling or townhouse. Furthermore, Hawaii requires homeowners associations to adopt rules that provide for the placement of solar energy systems and do not unreasonably restrict the placement. In July 2010, SB 2817 was enacted that clarified this requirement and requires homeowners associations to pass rules by July 1, 2011 in accordance with this requirement. This legislation states that homeowners associations' rules and regulations cannot "render a solar energy device more than 25 per cent less effective; increase the cost of installation, maintenance, and removal of a solar energy device by more than 15 per cent; or, until June 20, 2015, require an encumbrance on title because of the placement of the solar energy device." SB 1338, enacted in July 2009, also prevents the prohibition of clotheslines.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Howard Wiig
Department Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism
Division Energy Division
Address P.O. Box 2359
Place Honolulu, Hawaii
Zip/Postal Code 96804
Phone (808) 587-3811


Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: HRS § 196-7

Expiration Date None

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"