Developer & Investor Center

Decorative graphicThe Hawaii State Energy Office’s Developer & Investor Center serves not only developers and investors, but all stakeholders engaged in the development of renewable energy projects in Hawaii such as regulators, landowners, communities, individuals, lawmakers, and organizations. Many public and private stakeholders contributed to these tools and resources.

The Center’s tools and resources support informed decision making early in the project design and planning phases to minimize negative project impacts and reduce project development costs, which can translate to lower electricity costs for Hawaii residents.

Self-Help Energy Suite

Hawaii Brightfields Initiative

The Hawaii Brightfields Initiative makes it easy for land owners, developers, community members, and policymakers to assess the renewable energy potential of contaminated sites and other previously developed parcels statewide in support of Hawaii’s clean energy future.

Hawaii Energy Projects Directory

The islands of Hawaii have an abundant variety of natural energy resources such as solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, biofuels, hydropower, and ocean energy. Use this interactive Directory to learn more about many of Hawaii’s existing and proposed energy projects, including the fossil fuel units that currently provide nearly 70% of Hawaii’s electrical power.

Renewable Energy Permitting Wizard

Hawaii’s beautiful environments and ecosystems require considerable regulatory protections. The Renewable Energy Permitting Wizard helps users identify the county, state, and federal permits that may be required for individual projects and produces a project-specific Permit Schedule with suggested permitting sequencing and timelines. NOTES: Wizard users must register to create an account or login in order to download completed project permit evaluations. January 2019 — The Wizard is experiencing some issues now and may not produce completed project permit evaluations for all users; particularly Guest users that do not register to create an account.

Renewable EnerGIS Mapping Tool

Siting projects in areas with limited and coveted land such as Hawaii can be challenging. Renewable EnerGIS supports the appropriate siting of renewable energy projects in Hawaii by providing energy resource and physical site information for sites selected by the user. EnerGIS also enables users to search for Hawaii sites with certain desired attributes and supports project permitting by providing information on site zoning, soil type, and the presence of sensitive or regulated resources.


Developer & Investor Center Contents

Project Permitting Assistance and Resources

Financing and Incentives for Renewable Energy Projects

Land Resources for Renewable Energy Projects

Utility Resources

Business Registration Resources


Renewable Fuels Production Tax Credit

DBEDT is accepting notifications from renewable fuels producers planning to pursue Hawaii’s new renewable fuels production tax credit (RFPTC).  Taxpayers wishing to claim the credit are required annually to provide written notification to DBEDT of their intent to begin production of renewable fuels. Additionally, they are required to file a notification 30 days before the start of production.  Please see the “Notice of Intent/Notice to Start Production Form” and instructions below.

Notice of Intent/Notice to Start Production Form (Excel)

Starting in 2018 calendar year, to qualify for the RFPTC, taxpayers must produce at least 2.5 billion British thermal units (Btu) of renewable fuels per year. The credit is equal to 20 cents per 76,000 Btu of renewable fuels. The credit is capped annually at $3 million per taxpayer, and $3 million in the aggregate.  Additionally, after a full year of production, Taxpayer must completely fill out and submit to DBEDT the “RFPTC – Independent Third Party Certified Statement” forms. Please reference form instructions on guidance on how to fill out each of the forms.

RFPTC – Independent Third Party Certified Statement (Excel)

For the complete details of the RFPTC requirements, Taxpayers should review and follow: (1) Hawaii Revised Statutes, 235-110.31 as amended to date; and (2) the Department of Taxation’s Tax Information Release (TIR) No. 2018-03.

Renewable Fuels Production Tax Credit Process/Timeline Graphic
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Important Notice:
These resources are advisory and for informational purposes only and may not be relied upon to determine regulatory or interconnection requirements for any project.

For comments or questions about the Developer & Investor Center, please contact the Hawaii State Energy Office.