Court Orders Solar Water Heaters for All

HONOLULU, OAHU (Ben Caxton) — A Hawai`i judge is making sure everyone buying a new home on Hawai`i gets a solar hot water system. Judge Jeffrey Crabtree ruled this week that Hawai`i law is clear on the subject but that the state has not been following its own rules. The state Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism was sued by Environmental law organization Earthjustice on behalf of Hawaii Solar Energy Association who claimed the requirement was almost never enforced because the state agency routinely issued approval of almost all variance requests. The department has approved more than 6,500 exemptions since the law was enacted 11 years ago.

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Court Orders Solar Water Heaters for All

HONOLULU, OAHU (Ben Caxton) — A Hawai`i judge is making sure everyone buying a new home on Hawai`i gets a solar hot water system. Judge Jeffrey Crabtree ruled this week that Hawai`i law is clear on the subject but that the state has not been following its own rules. The state Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism was sued by Environmental law organization Earthjustice on behalf of Hawaii Solar Energy Association who claimed the requirement was almost never enforced because the state agency routinely issued approval of almost all variance requests. The department has approved more than 6,500 exemptions since the law was enacted 11 years ago.

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