Saving energy for you and your home

By Hawaii Renovation Posted in: EnergyExterior

Hawaii Energy Connection turned up the heat on Hawaii’s solar industry in 2008 with its simple, yet innovative rooftop solar solution called the “KumuKit™.” Today, the company has a solid reputation as the leading local residential and commercial solar contractor in Hawaii with more than 9,000 KumuKit™ systems, including the most solar systems with energy-storage installed.

Last month, Hawaiian Electric launched the new solar program which allows net energy customers to add more panels and energy storage to their rooftop solar system without voiding their NEM agreement, as long as the new equipment doesn’t export power to the utility grid. This program called NEM Plus (NEM+), began last month and is available only to existing NEM customers who have already signed and approved an agreement with any of the Hawaiian Electric Companies.

Perhaps due to lifestyle changes and consistent increases to your minimum bill since installing your solar system years ago, the NEM+ program could be a cost effective option for you if you are thinking of making home improvements, adding air conditioning or electric cars to your home.

Hawaii Energy Connection’s compliance in the NEM+ program is achieved due to the company’s agnostic Energy Management Controller (EMC) technology, regardless if you own a KumuKit™. This is a great advantage for homeowners who are unable to locate their original solar contractor or they have since gone out of business. Also, you are still eligible for up to 65 percent in additional tax credits until the end of next year, before the federal credits begin its annual decrease effective January 2019. Hawaii state solar tax credits remain at 35 percent until further notice.

If you’re considering solar and want to capitalize on the maximum credits and avoid the mad rush of installations next year, you may want to start the application process soon. The folks at Hawaii Energy Connection make it easy for you as they handle every facet of a solar project from inception to interconnection and provide you with the best and latest proven technological solutions.

However, don’t feel defeated if you didn’t get your solar system under NEM. The next best recommended program currently available is the Customer Grid Supply Plus (CGS+). Why? Because it is the only program where you can still be compensated by the utility for any extra energy you generate with your solar system that you send back to the grid. Unfortunately, not all solar contractors can offer the CGS+ program to you due to limitations on their equipment and/or technological capabilities that prevent the implementation of certain utility requirements and safety concerns, but with the company’s EMC technology, Hawaii Energy Connection can offer this program as well.

Hawaii Energy Connection introduced the latest in solar hot water system into the market, harnessing energy using regular PV panels, transfers power to the specially designed micro-grid tank to heat water, and uses utility power only as a system backup. Again, with up to 65 percent in combined state and federal tax credits (until the end of next year), you can really save on your hot water system purchase price.

Get the intelligent system that will provide you benefits now, adapting to your changing needs, unpredictable utility policies and upcoming demand response benefit programs — essentially future-proofing energy usage in your home or business. With experienced, highly trained experts, integrated financing, and tech-savvy solutions, the company’s mission is to design a customized solution with “good, better and best” options that balance the cost of your system and the amount of savings you’ll enjoy.

Looking out for the homeowners who are considering solar, Hawaii Energy Connection insists that you compare and ask the right questions before you make your decision. After all, it is an investment in your family’s future and you will want to ensure maximum energy and system savings.

HAWAII ENERGY CONNECTION (KUMUKIT™)
CONTACT 524-7336
ADDRESS 99-1350 Koaha Place, Aiea
WEB kumukit.com