Friday, March 5, 2010

Solar Water Heater Funding Available

HONOLULU, HI - The Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA) is seeking applicants to receive funding to install solar water heating systems. CNHA’s Homestead Energy Program provides loans and grants to beneficiaries of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act at all income levels to install energy-saving, solar water heaters on their residential homestead property.

“Our low monthly loan payments make this program a no-brainer for homestead residents,” said Robin Puanani Danner, CNHA President and CEO. “Not only will homesteaders realize savings on their utility bills, but the collective efforts of everyone to reduce energy usage will make a huge impact on Hawaii’s overall efforts toward sustainability.”

The Homestead Energy Program also provides free energy assessments and energy conservation education to eligible families. “We want to increase people’s awareness of the simple changes that can be made to their daily routines that contribute to lower utility bills and decrease our dependence on oil,” Danner continued.

Funding for the Homestead Energy Program is provided in part by the U.S. Department of Energy, Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, Department of Labor & Industrial Relations, Blue Planet Foundation, and the Hawaiian Way Fund.

For more information, contact Darlene Kam at the CNHA Honolulu office at 808.596.8155, toll-free at 1.800.709.2642, or via e-mail at

CNHA is a national network of Native Hawaiian Organizations, providing assistance in accessing capital and technical resources, and is a policy voice on issues important to Native Hawaiian communities. Its mission is to enhance the well-being of Hawaii through the cultural, economic, and community development of Native Hawaiians. For more information about CNHA please contact us at 808.596.8155, toll-free at 1.800.709.2642, by e-mail at, or visit our website at

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