News Release: February 1, 2023
Hawaii Energy Launches Renewed Rebate Program To Encourage More Public Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Across Hawaii
Over $590,000 in rebates are available for eligible installations completed between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023
Honolulu, Hawaii – Hawaii Energy the state’s Public Benefits Fund administrator that focuses on energy-efficiency education and clean-energy initiatives, announced today the launch of the state’s renewed Electric Vehicle Charging Station (EVCS) Incentive Program to help expand Hawaii’s public charging network and encourage more EVCS installations and upgrades statewide. Established through Act 75 (2021) and Act 202 (2022) by the Hawaii State Legislature, Hawaii Energy is administering the state-funded program on behalf of the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission and can award a total of $592,000 in rebates for eligible EVCS installation projects completed between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023.
“The adoption of electric modes of transportation is reliant on having a robust EV charging station infrastructure,” said Caroline Carl, executive director, Hawaii Energy. “This rebate enables more businesses and facilities to install charging stations, which encourages more EV usage across Hawaii, and ultimately helps the state reduce carbon emissions and achieve its clean energy and transportation goals.”
The EVCS Incentive Program provides rebates for:
Eligible EV charging stations must have network connectivity and be publicly available, accessible by multiple tenants, employees and/or customers, or serve EV fleets. Eligible sites include:
- Commercial facilities: Including, but not limited to, office buildings, retail centers, hospitals, restaurants, warehouses, mixed-use facilities, conference centers, and government offices;
- Multi-unit residential dwellings: A property with a minimum of five housing units and eight parking spots; and
- Fleet: A group of two or more EVs owned or leased by a business, government agency, or other organization.
“The EV Charging Station Incentive is one of many offerings the Hawaii Energy program has to help Hawaii’s residents and businesses participate in the clean energy transition that our state is striving to achieve by 2045,” said Leo Asuncion, chair of the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission, which oversees the energy efficiency program. “It’s also important that this type of technology is available to all communities and that we’re incentivizing a robust public EV charging network that will benefit all drivers.”
To emphasize EVCS installations for underserved communities, Hawaii Energy is continuing to offer a bonus incentive for affordable housing developments for AC Level 2 single- and multi-port EV charging stations with network connectivity. In addition to the state-funded rebate, affordable housing development applicants on all islands may apply for the following bonus incentive levels:
- Existing affordable housing developments: $5,000 per station
- New affordable housing developments: $1,500 per station
Applicants may submit their applications within 12 months of the date that a qualifying EV charging station was installed and activated for use between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023. Completed applications will be accepted on a first-come first-served basis and processed in the order received and as funds are available. Hawaii Energy’s EVCS webpage will keep a running tally of the funds available.
For more information on the EVCS Incentive Program and to apply, please visit HawaiiEnergy.com.
Media Contact:Angela Behm
Stryker Weiner Yokota