Business/In Brief • Mar. 21, 2014

State investigates illegal solar panels

HONOLULU – The state is investigating solar panel systems that are being turned on without permission from Hawaiian Electric Co.

KHON-TV reported Wed-nesday that the state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs is investigating the illegal photovoltaic systems because they’ve already damaged some homes.

DCCA Consumer Advocacy Branch Executive Director Jeffrey Ono says officials are already seeing homes on Molokai that have had electronic systems burn out as a result.

The Hawaii Solar Energy Association estimates there are more than a thousand so-called “rouge solar systems.”

HECO spokesman Darren Pai says the utility is taking time to understand the problem before taking action.