The public is invited to attend and discuss the latest solar issues at a Solar Summit on Friday, May 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Pilina Building multi-purpose room on the University of Hawai'i Maui College (UHMC) campus.
Anyone interested in learning about solar photovoltaic (PV) systems is encouraged to attend; industry representatives are welcome. Recent changes to the state tax credit made during the 2013 legislative session will also be discussed.
The Solar Summit, presented by the County of Maui and the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui (SLIM) at UHMC, will address questions such as:
"Are there circuits on Maui that are 'closed off' to new PV systems? Where?"
"If I pay for an interconnection study, what are the chances it will allow me to install solar?"
"Do I need county permits and MECO pre-approval? How long does that take?"
"What is PUC Rule 14H and how does it affect me?"
"Are we installing as much solar PV as last year in Maui County?"
"What about off-grid systems? Are people putting them in?"
The summit agenda includes remarks by Mayor Alan Arakawa on the demand for solar-generated electricity in Maui County; a question-and-answer session about state tax credits for solar PV systems with Ted Shiraishi, rules officer for the Hawai'i Department of Taxation, and Doug McLeod, energy commissioner of County of Maui.
The panel of solar PV experts will include Steve Rymsha, supervisor of Renewable Energy Projects at Maui Electric Company; Greg Nakao, electrical engineer for the county Department of Public Works Development Services Administration; Susanne Knappstein, project manager at Haleakala Solar; Michael Reiley, president of HNU Energy; and G. Robert Johnston, president of Hawai'i Pacific Solar.
The panel will be moderated by SLIM Executive Director Jennifer Chirico.
Lunch will be provided for $5 with advance reservation. Call the SLIM office at 984-3379 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.