Variances available for new state solar water heating law
The state is accepting applications for variances from homeowners wishing to be exempt from a new law requiring that building permits only be issued for single-family homes using solar water heaters.
The variances are handled by the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism's state Energy Office.
For an explanation of the law and a copy of the application, go to http://hawaii.gov/dbedt/info/energy/SWHVariance.
The law went into effect on Jan. 1.