The state of solar power in Hawaii

Hawaii has a well-earned reputation for sun, surf, and sand. It's an island paradise covered in breath-taking mountains, rugged valleys, volcanoes, and miles and miles of beautiful, pristine beaches.

Summer temperatures typically hit the 80s and 90s, and winter days are usually in the mid-to-high 70s. Beautiful skies mark the sunrise and sunset, and there is an average of 3,172 hours of sunlight every year.

In fact, sunshine makes up approximately 72.4% of daylight hours — about 271 days in total. With these numbers, is it any surprise that Hawaii has embraced solar power?


How much solar power does Hawaii produce?

Hawaii ranks 15th in the national ranking for solar energy use in the United States. In 2018 it ranked 16th. The amount of electricity that is generated from solar energy alone could power approximately 258,734 homes and account for 11.72% of the state’s electricity. Historically, Hawaii has created more solar energy than its current power grid can handle.

Is solar feasible in Hawaii?

Hawaii goes solar with SunPower

According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Hawaii is one of the states with the most solar resources. Hawaiian home and business owners are also highly motivated to embrace solar energy.

Due to the isolation of the island chain and the need to import fuel, Hawaiians pay higher electrical costs than anyone else in the U.S. According to Choose Energy, Hawaiians pay an average of $0.31 per kilowatt-hour, or kWh, compared to Washington state's $0.9 kWh and Nebraska's $0.11 kWh.

While Hawaii has had a troubled history with solar energy storage, the state government has an aggressive plan to help it achieve 100% clean energy by 2045.

How can I start using solar In Hawaii?

Hawaii goes solar with SunPower

You can start by designing your solar system with the SunPower Design Studio, a powerful tool to help you visualize what your home will look like with panels in place. You can also contact us and let our experts help you determine your individual needs.

We'll work with you to help design a solar panel and storage system to meet your needs, and then refer you to certified installers in your area. Each SunPower installation contractor must meet our high standards. We train and certify them to install your system.

We use only the finest solar panels available, which provide 19% to 22.3% efficiency. With both flexible and static panels and our simple but powerful storage solutions, we've got your home, boat, or outdoor installation covered.

Contact SunPower now and ask us about our flexible payment options to get you started with solar power for your home.


SunPower A-Series solar panels are the highest-wattage home solar panels available, period

SunPower® Design Studio

See what your home looks like with solar

SunPower currently creates thousands of solar designs per week for our customers. Now we can create thousands per second.

Design My Solar System Online





Learn more about home solar