STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1318
RE: H.B. No. 419
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirty-Second State Legislature
Regular Session of 2023
State of Hawaii
Your Committees on Energy, Economic Development, and Tourism and Public Safety and Intergovernmental and Military Affairs, to which was referred H.B. No. 419, H.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO RESIDENTIAL PHOTOVOLTAIC ENERGY GENERATING SYSTEMS,"
beg leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to require the counties to exempt from county permitting requirements the installation of off-grid residential photovoltaic energy generating systems on the rooftops of residential properties, under certain circumstances.
Your Committees received testimony in support of this measure from three individuals. Your Committees received comments on this measure from the Department of Planning and Permitting of the City and County of Honolulu.
Your Committees find that the State has set the target of one hundred percent renewable energy by 2045. Your Committees believe that taking advantage of available rooftop space on residential properties will be critical to achieve this goal. This measure will strengthen energy security, self-sufficiency, and diversification in the State by allowing for greater adoption of renewable energy technology and infrastructure.
As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Energy, Economic Development, and Tourism and Public Safety and Intergovernmental and Military Affairs that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 419, H.D. 1, and recommend that it pass Second Reading and be referred to your Committees on Commerce and Consumer Protection and Ways and Means.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Energy, Economic Development, and Tourism and Public Safety and Intergovernmental and Military Affairs,
GLENN WAKAI, Chair
LYNN DECOITE, Chair