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Hawaii solar boom so successful, it's been halted

William Walker and his wife, Mi Chong, wanted to join what's seen as a solar revolution in Hawaii. Shortly after buying their Oahu home earlier this year, they plunked down $35,000 for a rooftop photovoltaic system. But the day after the PV panels went up in early October, the Walkers learned from a neighbor about a major change in the local utility's solar policy, and nearly three months later, those 18 panels are sitting dormant.

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