Bill Text: HI SB2454 | 2020 | Regular Session | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating To Photovoltaic Energy Systems.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 6-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2020-02-03 - Re-Referred to EET/PSM, CPH/WAM. [SB2454 Detail]

Download: Hawaii-2020-SB2454-Introduced.html

THE SENATE

S.B. NO.

2454

THIRTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2020

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

relating to Photovoltaic energy systems.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


     SECTION 1.  Chapter 196, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

     "§196-    Photovoltaic energy system required for new single-family residential construction.  (a)  On or after January 1, 2025, no building permit shall be issued for a new single-family dwelling that does not include a photovoltaic energy system that meets the standards established pursuant to section 269-  , unless the chief energy officer of the Hawaii state energy office approves a variance.  A variance application shall only be accepted if submitted by an architect or mechanical engineer licensed under chapter 464, who attests that:

     (1)  Installation is impracticable due to poor solar resource;

     (2)  Installation is cost-prohibitive based upon a life cycle cost-benefit analysis that incorporates the average residential utility bill and the cost of the new photovoltaic energy system with a life cycle that does not exceed fifteen years; or

     (3)  A renewable energy technology system, as defined in section 235-12.5, is substituted for use as the primary energy source.

     (b)  A request for a variance shall be submitted to the chief energy officer of the Hawaii state energy office on an application prescribed by the chief energy officer of the Hawaii state energy office and shall include a description of the location of the property and justification for the approval of a variance using the criteria established in subsection (a).  A variance shall be deemed approved if not denied within thirty working days after receipt of the variance application.  The chief energy officer of the Hawaii state energy office shall publicize:

     (1)  All applications for a variance within seven days after receipt of the variance application; and

     (2)  The disposition of all applications for a variance within seven days of the determination of the variance application.

     (c)  The director of business, economic development, and tourism may adopt rules pursuant to chapter 91 to impose and collect fees to cover the costs of administering variances under this section.  The fees, if any, shall be deposited into the energy security special fund established under section 201-12.8.

     (d)  Nothing in this section shall preclude any county from establishing procedures and standards required to implement this section.

     (e)  Nothing in this section shall preclude participation in any utility demand-side management program or public benefits fee program under part VII of chapter 269."

     SECTION 2.  Chapter 269, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

     "§269-    Photovoltaic energy system standards.  Not later than July 1, 2024, or as soon as reasonably practicable, the public utilities commission shall adopt or establish by rule, tariff, or order, standards for photovoltaic energy systems to include, but not be limited to specifications for the performance, materials, components, durability, longevity, proper sizing, installation, and quality to promote the objectives of section 269-124."

     SECTION 3.  New statutory material is underscored.

     SECTION 4.  This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

 

INTRODUCED BY:

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Report Title:

Photovoltaic Energy System; Residential Construction

 

Description:

Requires the installation of photovoltaic energy systems in all new residential construction, beginning January 1, 2025.  Allows for variances to be issued by the chief energy officer of the Hawaii state energy office.

 

 

 

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