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Posted: Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 12:51 PM HST

Hawaii makes solar tax credit rules permanent

By Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) The state is making permanent a rule limiting the ability of homeowners and businesses to claim multiple tax credits for solar systems.

The state Department of Taxation created the rule last year to provide clarity and uniformity to the tax credit program. They also wanted to reduce the tax revenue lost as the value of claimed credits soared.

The Hawaii Solar Energy Association took issue with some of the language in the new rules but says overall they are positive for the industry.

Association Executive Director Leslie Cole-Brooks told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser a bigger issue is a slowdown in getting new projects installed in neighborhoods where many homes already use solar power.

The new rules base the 35 percent solar income tax credit on total kilowatt output capacity.

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