Why Clients Are Sky High on Hi-Power Solar
You know it makes sense to take full advantage of all the benefits of solar power, but you’re not sure what type of system will work best for you — a solar water heating system, a photovoltaic system or a combination of the two.
The decision isn’t difficult to make when you have the right advice, the kind of advice you can get only from an experienced solar company with a background in both solar water heating systems and the latest photovoltaic technology.
Hi-Power Solar partners Ron Romero and Matt Adams have a combined experience of 35 years as solar contractors in Hawaii. The company is a member of the Building Industry Association of Hawaii and Better Business Bureau and a participating contractor in the Hawaii Energy Program. Over the years, they have installed all types of systems, but only those that have been proven efficient and reliable. To ensure that the products they represent are “top of the line,” they travel to manufacturing plants nationwide to become fully conversant with the technology.
“Our No. 1 commitment is customer satisfaction,” Romero said. “And consequently our best advertising over the years has always been word of mouth and referrals. When a new client contacts us, we are more than happy to provide them with references of customers who purchased a system from Hi-Power Solar.”
“Concern about the cost of energy has never been greater with high prices and impending shortages,” Adams added. “Solar is a technology within reach of every homeowner and it has never been more affordable. Rebates on solar water heating systems and federal and state tax credits for both solar water heating and photovoltaic systems are available.”
“Our policy at Hi-Power Solar is to assess every customer individually to identify the type of system that best suits their lifestyle and budget,” Romero said. “If your need is simply to heat water for the home, we can give you a price for installation. For photovoltaics, we review your current electricity charges and provide a report on what you can save. The savings will be based on the system’s size and the current usage and electricity expenditures of the client.
“The upfront investment is, of course, more for a photovoltaic system than for a solar water heating system, but, over time, the investment also is recouped in savings.”
He pointed out that while the tax credits for installation of solar water heating systems are 30 percent federal and 35 percent state up to $2,250 for solar hot water, the maximum for photovoltaic installations is $5,000 per system, per year. “It’s actually possible to get your total monthly expenditure for electricity down to a minimum charge of approximately $18,” Romero said. “I believe the main obstacle among consumers who have not made the move into solar is confusion about the various types of systems out there today, and there are many. The photovoltaic system we are currently installing is the most advanced with such features as a monitoring component that enables the home or business owner to go online to check the health, performance, and efficiency of the system. We also are prepared to address concerns about aesthetics. “The key is customization — one size does not fit all. So, we invite anyone planning to upgrade, replace, or install a new system to contact us for a free on site consultation.
“We work with only proven local suppliers and technicians in order to support the local economy. We are also very selective about the manufacturers who produce our photo-voltaic panels and support American industry wherever possible,” Romero said.
Hi-Power Solar can provide advice to the consumer on the best types of financing programs available for purchase of both solar and PV. Romero said that a home equity line of credit is sometimes the best option, or he can give referrals to credit unions that are able to offer good terms both to existing and new members.