Developer & Investor Center

Welcome to the Hawaii State Energy Office’s Developer & Investor Center

National and international developers and investors are discovering that Hawaii is the ideal laboratory for the development of clean energy technologies.

With an eye toward economic growth and diversification, Hawaii has taken important steps to encourage high-impact, clean energy solutions that encourage innovative economic development.

The Developer & Investor Center is designed to provide prospective developers and investors the resources for starting a clean energy venture in Hawaii.


New Funding Opportunity!

USDA announced effort to cut energy costs for farmers, ranchers, rural small businesses.  Up to $12.3 million in grants and $57.8 million in loan guarantees available in the Rural Energy for America Program.

The funding opportunity is being provided through USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). Investments from programs like REAP help support the true engine of America’s economic growth – a thriving middle class. REAP is one of many USDA programs and initiatives to support an expanded domestic energy economy. In addition to helping to increase renewable energy production, USDA makes investments in the bioeconomy, provides support for the emerging bio-based products industry, supports new technologies, and supports energy efficiency improvements.

Information on how to apply for REAP funding and on the application deadlines (which vary by project type) is available on page 25564 of the May 5, 2014 Federal Register (


Self-Help Energy Suite

Renewable EnerGIS Map
This tool provides renewable energy resource and site information for specific Hawaii locations.  It is intended to help landowners, developers, and policy makers understand the renewable energy potential of sites statewide.

Renewable Energy Permitting Wizard
The Renewable Energy Permitting Wizard tool was developed to help those proposing renewable energy projects understand the county, state, and federal permits that may be required for their individual project. This tool works for projects ranging in size from residential solar installations to large utility-scale facilities.

Notice: The Hawaii State Energy Office is currently upgrading the functionality and content of the Renewable Energy Permitting Wizard. Upgrades will include additional permits, updated agency processing information, additional guidance to help users know whether a certain permit is required for their project(s), and increased security and usability features. Version 2 of the Permitting Wizard will also be developed in an open source software environment. Upgrades will be ongoing and are scheduled to be completed by August 2014. The Wizard will remain functional during the upgrade phase.  We thank you for your patience as we continue to develop tools to support the permitting of small and large renewable energy projects in Hawaii.

Hawaii Renewable Energy Projects Directory
The islands of Hawaii have abundant natural resources such as wind, solar, geothermal, biofuels, and hydropower. These precious resources could potentially meet a substantial portion of Hawaii’s energy needs. Use this interactive directory to find and learn about renewable energy projects in Hawaii.


Starting an energy project and need assistance? Complete this questionnaire.