Solar industry jobs go down significantly

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Experts say Hawaii’s solar industry outlook is cloudy as job losses are taking a toll.

The Hawaii Solar Energy Association says there’s been a significant drop in solar related jobs.

The group says from October to March 73 percent of its members reported a decrease in employees.

“Companies have already started shedding some jobs because of the reduction of volume of sales from the net metering program to the current grid supply and self supply programs. they are just not as popular as the net metering programs,” said Colin Yost of Revolusun. “We are concerned that unless we have some consistency and predictable policies from the state it will become more and more difficult to service customers.”

The PUC eliminated the net energy metering program late last year.

The Hawaii Solar Energy Association also says the number of solar projects are down considerably.

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