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Isle solar firms buckle at brunt of state’s action

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    “It’s like coral bleaching. Is the ecosystem going to be killed off? No. Maybe 50 percent of it. It’s not a good thing. There is less diversity, less consumer choice.” - Colin Yost, Principal owner, RevoluSun

  • DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Inter-Island Solar Supply has seen its business fall off 16 percent in the past year, according to Rick Reed, left, president of the company. Reed and employees Ryan Miller and Christopher Woodward stood atop containers of solar panels Wednesday at Inter-Island’s facility in Mapunapuna.

Hawaii’s solar industry is going through a shakeout with a 40 percent loss in jobs, a nearly 30 percent drop in building permits and at least one company shutting down. Read more

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