Green Infrastructure Hits a Red Light

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The Hawai`i Green Infrastructure Authority has had an uphill climb in its efforts to launch programs that will achieve its reason for being – helping underserved populations enjoy the benefits of energy-saving technology, especially rooftop solar. The Public Utilities Commission’s rebuff last month of HGIA’s roll-out of its most recent proposal is just the latest signal that the agency, with its complex efforts to leverage its loan fund with investments from parties with a “tax appetite,” is not just coming up against bumps in the road, it’s on the wrong road.

With most of its $150 million fund still intact, the need for tax-cut-hungry partners to be involved in HGIA’s loan programs is not clear. It’s past time for HGIA to give serious consideration to flying solo, in line with the consumer advocate’s suggestion.

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