When I was in Hawaii two years ago I was stunned to look from the lanai of my Waikiki hotel room across the roof tops of down town and see not one solar panel.
According to this article about a new renewable energy laboratory, “Hawaii is subject to the highest energy costs in the United States, partially because of its dependency on non-renewable energy sources.”
I’m sure there are plenty of buildings running on solar in the islands, they just aren’t visible to the casual visitor. With all the sun and wind Hawaii enjoys, it seems like the entire place might be able to run without one kilowatt of non-renewable sourced electricity.
Another article from Hawaii shows residents, and the state are starting to take the need to install residential solar power seriously, at least for heating water.
Do I have solar? No. Why? The cost of course, but also trees. Too many tall fir trees shade our house to grow a tomato, let alone heat the water for our showers. The quandry – chop down trees or heat with non-renewable energy. So far the trees have won.