REPORT FROM THE CITY & COUNTY OF HONOLULU – The City is making it easier to have solar energy systems installed on homes by allowing residents to hire qualified private contractors to conduct building inspections.

“Home photovoltaic systems have become hugely popular, and this new program will give residents the opportunity to expedite approval of the necessary permits,” Mayor Kirk Caldwell said.

The program allows a third-party contractor that is not associated with anyone who installed a resident’s photovoltaic (PV) system to inspect the installation and submit the inspection forms to the Department of Planning and Permitting for approval. Residents can seek the private inspection if the City does not complete all required inspections within five working days of the inspection date requested.

The third-party inspections must be done by licensed contractors participating in the City’s PV System Special Inspection Program. Residents who choose to hire such contractors will pay fees separate from the normal building permit fee. The third-party fees will be determined by individual contractors.

In addition to providing a convenient option to expedite PV inspections, the program is expected to help speed up approvals of other electrical permits by reducing the number of pending City inspections. Seventeen City electrical inspectors are responsible for not only PV inspections, but all other building permits that require electrical inspections. This includes new homes, renovations, and commercial projects. More than 26,000 building permits with electrical work were issued in 2012.

See more on the web: http://www.honoluludpp.org

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  1. For years, Tim Hiu, with DPP has been trying to eliminate City and County Electrical Inspectors. He has been completing solar permits without first checking the job or checking with the Electrical Inspectors.(DANGER TO THE PUBLIC WHICH WILL BE PROVEN) Tim Is trying to lower the permit count so he can try and justify not hiring Electrical Inspectors. It was his idea to create a third party to perform these Inspections. Only recently, 2 Electrical Inspectors have been hired. Some of these third party Inspectors are Tims friends. They use to be Electrical contractors and they were the worst of the worst but Tim still approved them as being inspectors! City and County Electrical Inspectors have already caught one of these third party inspectors of FRAUD. The owner is required to sign in front of a notary in order to get this third party inspection. Owners are just signing without being told about the notary requirement. These papers get sent to Tim , who then has someone other than a City and County Electrical Inspector close the permit. Wonder why? THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING OF THIS CORRUPTION. MORE TO COME.

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