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Hawaii Energy Resource Guide 2014

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It's no surprise that energy is at a premium in Hawaii, but the good news is that there are some wonderfully efficient solutions to offset conventional electricity costs. With a wide array of technologies and energy services becoming more readily available, this special section focuses on helping reduce your company’s monthly utility bill.


Aaron Kirk
Chief Operating Officer

“First and foremost, we are a construction company,” says Aaron Kirk, Chief Operating Officer of Sunetric. “Many solar companies only do sales. Our technical teams are experts in residential and commercial solar technology, having installed more than 60 megawatts (MW) of power. That equates to over 190,000 solar panels.”

The Hawaii-based company celebrates its tenth anniversary this year and credits its success and ranking as the largest solar provider in the state to a quality package from showroom to rooftop. “What sets Sunetric apart? We’ve been been doing this for years and we know the business inside and out,” Kirk says. “Our sales team is knowledgeable, our service team is stellar, and our equipment is top-notch. If we’re not installing something that a competitor is, there’s a very good reason for that. We know what works for the islands and which equipment will produce an installation that lasts 20-25 years.”

Half of Sunetric’s business is focused on commercial installations. “Solar is the best investment you can make with your money,” Kirk says, explaining that solar savings provide a predictable return on investment each month by offsetting costly electric bills. While installations on the mainland typically take between 15-20 years to pay off, that average is whittled down to a mere five years in Hawaii. In other words, solar is just worth more here.

While business owners are increasingly appreciative of the virtues of solar, many wonder how it’s financed. Sunetric says it’s easier than ever to secure funding. Below are the three most common options:

  • Cash purchases account for most solar sales.
  • Leasing will save you about 30 percent on your power bill, but you won’t own the equipment.
  • Power Purchase Agreements are similar to leasing and are common on the commercial side. Essentially, a solar services provider will finance your project and reduce your electric bill in exchange for a percentage of your savings.

905 Kalanianaole Hwy #21
Kailua, HI 96734


Alternate Energy

Craig Kawamura
Sales Director
Alternate Energy

As one of the few original solar energy companies in Hawaii, Alternate Energy is constantly developing its offerings to reflect the most cutting edge technology. Its first decade of business was devoted to solar thermal technology and the second decade has seen the expansion into full-service photovoltaics—also known as solar panels.

While solar thermal options—which easily reduce electricity bills—still account for much of Alternate Energy’s residential business, commercial properties almost always utilize photovoltaic technology. “Business owners with an appetite to consume tax credits and who are willing to invest in improving their monthly electricity costs will do very well with photovoltaic systems and solar energy in general,” says Craig Kawamura, Director of Sales. “The important thing is to choose the right company, and business owners appreciate our award-winning reputation and focus on them as valued customers.”

The company’s established partnership with Mitsubishi Electric for technology, stellar team of sales and technical professionals, a speedy service division, and the ability effortlessly guide a customer through the process sets it apart from competitors. “Anyone can give you a warranty, but if they can’t live up to what’s printed on that paper then it’s not worth much,” Kawamura says. “At Alternate Energy, we’re there not only there when things are dandy and you’re signing the contract, but also when you need quick and reliable service combined with precise answers. We pride ourselves on being there through the entire lifecycle of the product.”

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Learn more by visiting www.alternateenergyhawaii.com.

803 Ahua Street
Honolulu HI 96819


Island Wide Solar

Jeremy Menschel
Senior Solar Engineering Consultant
Island Wide Solar

STOP Being Ripped Off by Solar Contractors! How to Choose Your Solar Professional ~If you are like most people, you have seen the horror stories on Dateline, 20/20, consumer protection shows and in the local newspaper. You know about the scams and other deceptions used by mainland companies and solar contractors.

Any property owner can ask for the price, but do you know the right questions to ask regardless of the price?

The fact is most business and homeowners are not prepared enough to interview prospective solar contractors for their projects. This report was written so that the owner will have the proper tools for interviewing and selecting a solar contractor. This report will inform consumers about the biggest scams used to pressure homeowners, the biggest misconceptions about solar projects and how to choose the right professional installation group for their project. It will help them weed out the bad apples from the good apples. When the project is completed, they will feel like they got the most value per dollar for their hard-earned money. Consumers will enjoy the satisfaction that comes from making an informed and educated decision.

To view the report log on to info.islandwidesolar.com/PBN

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4495 Puhi Rd, Lihue, HI 96766

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