Maui is the perfect location for "Off the Grid" living. We have great exposure to the sun, making solar energy a great choice, many communities have a good supply of wind allowing for energy from wind turbines, there are even some residents trying hydro power on Maui. Some rural areas don't have access to utilities, this is where you see residents taking advantage of the elements to provide the energy they need. "Off the Grid" means you don't depend on the utility companies for survival. Oftentimes water catchment is part of this off the grid living, many areas on Maui have enough rainfall to supply more water than what is needed using the appropriate catchment system. I invite you to explore the options of living off the grid in Maui. Please let me know of any questions you may have about this subject while looking for a property on Maui.
Solar Systems on Maui
Solar Power on Maui Roland Zietler of RZ Electric specializes in Solar installation and design.
Renewable energy The US Department of Energy Website is very informative with information about solar energy, wind and hydropower.
Water Catchment on Maui
Rainwater Catchment Systems for Hawaii This is a 52 page book written by Patricia Macomber and distributed by The University of Hawaii Manoa. It has loads of Hawaii specific information about water catchment systems.
Wind Energy On Maui
Maui wind map This great map will give you an indication if your home is in an area that is good for wind energy.
Green Building incentives in Maui
Priority permitting process for Green Buildings Build on Maui using "Energy and environmental design building standards" and get priority processing with building permits.
Rebates and loan program for Maui solar hot water heating systems The County of Maui may loan you money to heat your water with solar.
Personal tax credits for using solar or wind on Maui Get great personal tax credits for using renewable energy on Maui
Net Metering If your photovoltaic, wind, biomas or hydroelectric system creates more energy than you can use, Maui electric will credit your next months bill.
Contact Karen for more information on Green living on Maui and living off the grid.
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