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Oahu solar permits drop by half in July

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HONOLULU (AP) - Data has revealed that the number of solar building permits issued by Honolulu in July was the city's fewest issued in the past year and a half.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the city and county of Honolulu issued 336 photovoltaic permits last month, a decline of more than half from July 2015. The figures are from Marco Mangelsdorf, who tracks rooftop solar permits and is president of Hilo-based ProVision Solar.

So far this year, the number of permits issued is down 27 percent from the same period last year.

The decline is largely attributed to the state's ending of a popular net energy metering program, which refunded customers at the full retail rate for electricity they supplied to the grid. The program was replaced with two less enticing options.

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