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Mark Duda, age 40

Principal and founder, RevoluSun

There is a lot of talk about Hawaii’s goal of producing 70 percent of our energy from renewable sources and reduced waste and inefficiences by 2030. If it happens, Mark Duda will be one of the main reasons.

Duda founded RevoluSun in 2009 and quickly turned it into the top residential-solar installer on Oahu. Even more important is his intense involvement in developing statewide clean-energy policies.

“People are pretty aware there’s a transition from fossil fuel to renewable energy happening,” he says, “but there’s also a transition from centrally produced power into a world where power is produced where it’s used – distributed generation. If you have a solar system on your house, that’s distributed generation.”

Duda volunteers as many as 70 hours a week advocating for supportive public policy. “We’re creating a lot of jobs, attracting a ton of investment in new projects, but I’m really concerned that it’s fragile at this point. We need to keep things stable for a couple of years, so the industry can really get its feet under it and people can reap the benefits of investments.”

As president of the Hawaii Solar Energy Association, Duda works with regulators and the state Legislature to make it possible for more homeowners and businesses to sell their self-generated power back to the grid.

“We already had a solid incentive structure at the state and federal level that worked well for homeowners, less well for businesses and very poorly for investors in larger projects like solar farms that would sell power to the utility. So the thing I had a significant hand in was getting a change to the existing tax credit that allowed those investors in. This change opened up the market for systems to sell power to the utility.”

Jeff Mikulina, executive director of the Blue Planet Foundation, calls Duda a “brother-in-arms in the clean-energy fight … designing policies that lay the foundation for clean energy in Hawaii.”

 

1. Randy Baldemor
2. James Bennett
3. Kalei Cadinha-Puaa
4. Kainoa Daines
5. Matthew Delaney
6. Mark Duda
7. Charles Hew-Len
8. Michael Kaleikini
9. Daniel Leuck
10. Jennifer Li Dotson
11. Bryan Luke
12. Wesley Machida
13. Makani Maeva
14. Cameron Nekota
15. Robert Piper
16. Carol Reimann
17. Claire Sullivan
18. Michael Tresler
19. Raymond Vara, Jr.
20. Aulani Wilhelm

 

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