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Hawaii lawmakers push renewable energy storage incentives

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By CATHY BUSSEWITZ
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii has the highest rate of residents using solar panels in the nation, and lawmakers want to extend the state's leadership role by offering incentives or rebates for those who buy batteries to store their renewable energy.

Hawaii has the highest electricity costs in the nation.

Senators are pushing a bill that would offer tax breaks for 25 percent of the cost of the batteries which can cost thousands of dollars.

Sen. Lorraine Inouye wants to phase out the incentives over six years. She says the state can't afford to provide incentives indefinitely when there are problems like homelessness and schools that need air conditioning.

Some representatives prefer a rebate program to help low-income families with renewable energy.

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