Building a successful business is like building a house: You have to start off with a strong foundation

From the moment Bonterra Solar was founded in 2009, a key part of the company’s foundation has been its extensive work within the community.

“Charity may begin at home, but if you don’t incorporate the spirit of giving into your business, you’ll never be truly successful,” said Andrew Yani, Bonterra’s founder and principal. “Success isn’t just about making money, it’s about being a contributing member of the community in which you live.”

Taking care of the “good earth”


The people who work at Bonterra also believe that being part of Hawaii’s solar energy industry carries with it special responsibilities, which include promoting a “green” lifestyle and being a good steward of the environment by helping to replace the use of oil-generated energy with clean, abundant solar energy.

“It was not an accident that we named the company Bonterra,” said Yani. “It means ‘good earth,’ and it captures our philosophy of taking care of these Islands and our planet.”

Kokua for those in need

Bonterra’s most direct impact on the community comes through its free installations of solar water heating systems for owners of every home built by Habitat for Humanity.

“Bonterra is a great partner,” said Genie Brown, Honolulu Habitat for Humanity’s executive director. “With their donations, we are able to provide safe, decent homes with quality, energy-saving products. We appreciate their generosity and sponsorship of our mission!”


To date, Bonterra has joined with community volunteers to install solar hot water systems on six Habitat for Humanity homes as part of its commitment to bring the benefits of solar energy to Hawaii families.

Bonterra’s support of Habitat for Humanity is in line with the company’s Campaign for a Solar Hawaii to help Oahu residents reduce their electricity bills. Bonterra is the exclusive installer of photovoltaic systems on new homes built by Gentry Homes and was chosen by the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands as the photovoltaic installation company for Kaupuni Village in Waianae, the country’s first net-zero energy community.

“I’m proud that Bonterra is one of the fastest-growing solar companies in Hawaii,” Yani said. “I believe that success is due in large part to the aloha we have for the Islands and kokua we share with our neighbors.”

Bonterra Solar is located at 4218 Waialae Ave., #A203 in Honolulu. For more information, visit www.bonterra or call 548-7657(SOLR).


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