Honolulu - Solar Bond

June 15, 2005


On June 4, 2004, Honolulu City Council approved Bill 14, including a $7.85 million bond for solar and energy efficiency retrofits for Honolulu public buildings. The bond measure, originally proposed by Mayor Harris at a $10 million level but later reduced by the Budget Committee, will fund lighting or air-conditioning improvements in municipal buildings island wide as well as photovoltaic installations in city buildings in Kapolei. By bundling solar with energy efficiency, projects can be structured so that energy savings exceed debt service and will be immediately revenue positive. The Honolulu bond will attempt to replicate the successful $100 million solar bond passed in San Francisco by voters in November 2001. The bond is expected to save almost 6 million kWh of electricity a year and have a net present value of approximately $1.3 million over the life of the project.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Local
Category: Regulatory Policy
State: Hawaii
Incentive Type: Green Power Purchasing
Web Site: http://www.votesolar.org/honolulu.html
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Solar Photovoltaics,Yes; specific technologies not identified
Renewables % or Amount: $7.85 million bond


Name: Honolulu City Council Bill 14 (2004)
Date Enacted: June 4, 2004


Name: Lori Gorospe Wingard
Organization: Councilmember Charles K. Djou
Address: 530 S. King Street
Honolulu HI 96813
Phone: (808) 527-5683
Email: lwingard@honolulu.gov

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.