Now more than ever, reducing bills at your small business or nonprofit may be key to your road to recovery.

Designed specifically for Hawaii small businesses and nonprofits continuing their recovery from the economic downturn caused by the pandemic, grants may cover up to 100% of total project costs (up to $5,000) of an energy efficiency project.

Grant awards will be disbursed after project completion as a reimbursement after all required documentation has been submitted, verified and approved by Hawaii Energy.

Am I Eligible?

You are eligible if you meet the following requirements:

  • You must be a commercial rate schedule account holder of an electric utility on the island of Hawaii, Lana‘i, Maui, Moloka‘i, or O‘ahu where the electricity-saving energy efficiency measure is being installed.
  • Your business must fall into ONE of the following categories:
    • 501(c)3 nonprofit organization
    • Small businesses with electric rate Schedule “G”
    • Small business with less than 5,000 sq. ft. facility
    • Restaurant

*The following entities are not eligible for the EmPOWER Grant at this time:

  • Businesses with a residential (Schedule R) electric utility account – this includes home-based businesses
  • Businesses on the island of Kaua‘i
  • Entities that are completely off the grid

Is My Project Eligible?

Click here to view a complete list of eligible project & equipment types.

The following expenses may be eligible:

  • New energy efficient equipment that qualifies for a Hawaii Energy incentive
  • Parts, accessories, and other materials necessary for installation
  • Labor for old equipment removal, site preparation, and installation of energy efficiency measure(s)
  • Shipping costs for equipment and materials
  • Taxes for the above items

The following projects and expenses are ineligible:

  • Equipment that does not qualify for a Hawaii Energy incentive
  • Used equipment
  • Items purchased before September 1, 2021
  • Administrative Fees
  • Electric vehicle charging stations
  • Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems or panels

How to Apply

  1. Choose an energy efficiency improvement project.
  2. Obtain itemized quotes from a few Clean Energy Ally (CEA) contractors and select one. Note: For an application to be eligible, the contractor MUST be a current CEA with Hawaii Energy. Check out our list of Clean Energy Allies!
  3. Complete and submit the following documents to Chester Carson at HE-Grants@Leidos.com by October 29, 2021 at 11:59p.m. HST:
    • EmPOWER Grant Application
    • Hawaii Energy Commercial Incentive Application
    • IRS Form W-9
    • Itemized quote for the project (provided by your chosen contractor or vendor)
    • Proposed equipment specification sheets or submittals (provided by your chosen contractor or vendor)
    • For 501(c)(3) nonprofits only: IRS 501(c)(3) Determination Letter

EmPOWER Grant Application & FAQs

Application & Program Requirements


Application Example

Frequently Asked Questions


Contact Chester Carson at HE-Grants@Leidos.com

Other Terms and Conditions

  • Hawaii Energy reserves the right to accept or reject any and all applications.
  • Funding is not guaranteed.
  • Applicants may apply for two grants per facility.
  • EmPOWER Grant recipients will be required to attend a kick-off orientation workshop to be scheduled in November, during which Hawai‘i Energy will provide an overview of the EmPOWER Grant process, Hawai‘i Energy as a whole, and other information, tools, and programs available to grant recipients through Hawai‘i Energy.
  • A second workshop to be scheduled in or around May 2022 centered on grant recipients talking story and sharing project updates and experiences. Attendance is not mandatory but strongly encouraged.
  • Applicants who are ineligible for a grant may participate in Hawai‘i Energy’s other energy efficiency programs if applicable.
  • Projects that are not approved for an EmPOWER Grant will be directed through the standard business incentive process.
  • Applicant must submit to Hawai‘i Energy the IRS Form W-9 with their application for processing of the IRS Form 1099 (most current version from IRS website and dated in the current year). It is understood that Hawai‘i Energy may forward a copy of the IRS Form 1099 to the applicant at the end of the calendar year, should IRS Form 1099 apply.