Renewable Energy Permitting Wizard
Welcome to the Renewable Energy Permitting Wizard. This tool was developed to help
those proposing renewable energy projects understand the county, state, and federal
permits that may be required for their individual project. This tool works for projects
ranging in size from residential solar installations to large utility-scale facilities.
Since every project and permit is different, the results of this tool only represent
an initial appraisal of the necessary permitting requirements. Additional permitting
requirements may apply. The Energy Office strongly recommends consultation with
The tool works by presenting a series of questions about the proposed project. Based
on your responses, a list of permits potentially required is displayed with typical
time frames for each permit. You may save the output as a BMP or PNG file.
We suggest you pull your notes together in advance and be prepared to answer as
many as 80 questions in one session. If you register and login before starting your
evaluation session, your answers will be saved automatically as you advance. If
you do not login, your answers will be retained for 20 minutes of inactivity and
will be lost when you close your browser.
Input and comments to improve the Wizard are always welcomed. Please provide your
suggestions to Cameron Black at (808) 587-9009.
The Renewable Energy Permitting Wizard was designed to help people understand
the permitting process. It is not a legal analysis and should not be relied on exclusively.
DBEDT strongly recommends users consult with an expert familiar with the relevant
permits and approvals to expedite permitting. The State of Hawaii is not responsible
for delays or losses should the processing of a permit or approval differ from the
results of the Wizard. DBEDT recommends directly contacting the permitting agencies
relevant to a specific project.