The Solar Task Force — led by the Honolulu Department of Permitting and Planning in collaboration with Hawaii Solar Energy Association and solar industry leaders like RevoluSun — has made a notable advancement in access to renewable energy.

This significant milestone promises to make solar energy adoption quicker and more feasible for townhome owners in Hawaii. The initiative underscores a pivotal shift in the regulatory landscape, aiming to democratize access to clean energy across the state.

Historically, installing solar panels for townhome owners was mired in red tape, primarily due to the complex nature of townhome properties. These structures often navigated a fine line between residential and commercial designations, shared roofs, multiple electricity meters and common spaces, which complicated the permitting process.


Additionally, stringent Homeowners Association rules and lengthy commercial review process could take more than a year, and further hindered a shift to solar energy.
With active contributions from HSEA and RevoluSun, the Solar Task Force aimed to address these challenges by simplifying and expediting the solar permitting process. The breakthrough came through a city-issued directive for DPP staff to expedite the approval of townhome and battery applications, provided it came from qualified contractors with complete submissions. This streamlined approach effectively bypassed the commercial review process, setting a new target to finish installations within four months of securing all necessary approvals, including those from Hawaiian Electric Co. and HOA.

RevoluSun spokesperson Eric Carlson highlighted the significance of this development, emphasizing the long-standing commitment to making solar energy accessible, regardless of housing type. He stated the change not only opens up the market for townhome owners, but also supports the broader goal of fostering a sustainable, resilient energy landscape in Hawaii.

For townhome owners interested in harnessing solar power, the journey has become less daunting. Carlson advised to engage and gather insight from neighbors who have solar installations and HOA boards to understand property-specific regulations. This preparatory step is crucial, especially for townhome owners, to navigate the installation process smoothly.


RevoluSun is ready to support potential solar adopters through every step of the process, from initial consultation to installation. In collaboration with financing partners like Hawaii State Federal Credit Union and Sungage Financial, RevoluSun also offers attractive financing options. This includes zero payments and zero interest for the first 24 months, alongside competitive rates and forthcoming leasing options.

This initiative not only represents a significant leap toward opening access to solar energy for Hawaii residents, but also highlights the collaborative effort between the solar industry, regulatory bodies and financial institutions to foster a more sustainable future.

For those interested in exploring solar options, RevoluSun’s showroom and team of professionals offer a wealth of information and support. Further details are also available through its website or by direct contact.


This is a pivotal moment in creating a sustainable energy future ensuring that from cost savings to environmental conservation, solar power’s benefits are within reach for all homeowners.

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