Land Resources for Renewable Energy

Selecting the appropriate site location for your renewable energy business is another critical component to the successful establishment of your venture. Land in Hawaii is limited and the items of consideration will include: appropriate location for your technology, proximity to the grid, (for those selling electricity) leasing or land acquisition options, and government or private land usage. All of these considerations will have an impact on your project development and timeline to commercialization. Within this section, you will find information and resources pertaining to:

Land Leasing Contacts and Resources

Hawaii Environmental Assessment/Environmental Impact Statement Laws

Hawaii Environmental Assessment/Environmental Impact Statement Consultants

Commercial Realtors


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 is currently deployed in an open source software environment; consult with the Hawaii State Energy Office for more information.  Upgrades will be ongoing and are scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2015. 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.

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Important Notice:
Please note that the listings, the associations and contacts herein are provided for informational purposes only and is not meant to be all inclusive. The Department of Business Economic Development and Tourism does not endorse or certify the individuals, firms or businesses on these lists. If you are a firm that engages in the specialization of commercial scale renewable energy project development, finance, consulting or investment services and wish be to added to the content found in these following summary pages, we welcome you to contact us and provide your information for listing.  Please contact Cameron Black at