Farm and Aquaculture Alternative Energy Loan

August 25, 2023


In July 2008 Hawaii enacted legislation (HB 2261) which created a loan program for agriculture and aquaculture renewable energy projects. Farmers and aquaculturists may receive loans for projects involving photovoltaic (PV) energy, hydroelectric power, wind power generation, methane generation, bio-diesel and ethanol production. Loans may provide up to 85% of the project cost (up to a maximum of $1,500,000) for a term of up to forty years. To be eligible, the applicant must be a qualified farmer or aquaculturist with a sound credit rating and the ability to repay the loan, as determined by the Department of Agriculture.

These renewable energy loans fall into class "H" which carries a 3% interest rate for agriculture. The interest rate for aquaculture projects is 5%. If the money loaned is borrowed by the Department of Agriculture, the interest rate will be the greater of 3% for agriculture and 5% for aquaculture or 1% greater than the State’s cost of borrowing the money. The Department of Agriculture generally funds these loans using existing revolving loan funds rather than obtaining outside funding. These loans bear simple interest on the unpaid principal balance, charged on the actual amount disbursed to the borrower.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Hawaii
Incentive Type: Loan Program
Web Site:
Administrator: Hawaii Department of Agriculture
Start Date: 7/1/2008
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Wind (All)
  • Biomass
  • Hydroelectric
  • Wind (Small)
Maximum Loan: $1,500,000 or 85% percent of project costs, whichever is less
Loan Term: 3% interest rate for agriculture, 5% interest rate for aquaculture, 40-year term


Name: HB 2261
Date Enacted: 7/1/2008
Effective Date: 7/1/2008
Name: HRS § 155-8 et seq.
Effective Date: 7/1/2008


Name: Public Information - HDOA
Address: 1428 S. King Street
Honolulu HI 96814
Phone: (808) 973-9560

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.