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$150 rebate offered toward cost of solar water heater tune-up

    Hawaiian Electric Co. customers who install solar water heaters will receive a cash rebate of $1,500 for a limited time in an effort to lift sagging sales of the energy-efficient units. Here, Shree Sadagopan of True Green Solar inspects the solar water heating system his company installed on a Circle Drive home in Wahiawa.

Hawaii Energy is offering a $150 rebate for homeowners to help offset the cost of doing maintenance on their solar water heaters.

The rebate is available for maintenance done between Feb. 1 and May 31, or until funding runs out, according to a news release from Hawaii Energy, the ratepayer-funded energy efficiency program for Honolulu, Maui and Hawaii counties.

Solar water heaters require maintenance every three to five years to check for wear and tear that may include leaks, corrosion or pump failure, according to the news release.  A properly maintained solar water heater should last 15 years or more.

In order to qualify for the rebate, systems must be at least three years old and the tune-up must be performed by a Hawaii Energy participating contractor. The cost of a tune-up typically ranges between $300 and $500, according to Hawaii Energy.

For more information, go to  or call (808) 537-5577 or toll-free (877) 231-8222.

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