Reporter- Pacific Business News
Despite being ranked as the top major U.S. city for solar energy growth, Honolulu saw its 12th straight month of year-over-year decline in the number of solar photovoltaic permits issued last month, according to data from the City and County of Honolulu collected by Hilo-based ProVision Solar President Marco Mangelsdorf.
There were 622 permits issued in March, nearly 40 percent fewer than the same month last year.
From April 2012 to March 2013, there were a total of 17,766 PV permits issued by the city, compared to 12,185 permits issued from April 2013 to March, a drop of 31 percent.
A recent report by Environment America ranked Honolulu No. 1 in terms of having the highest number of solar installations per capita at 265 watts per person.
The “Shining Cities: At the Forefront of America’s Solar Energy Revolution” report also ranked Honolulu fifth in the country for total solar energy capacity.
Duane Shimogawa covers energy, real estate and economic development for Pacific Business News.