As Ray Hose, president of American Electric, will tell you, “Never before have homeowners had to make so many decisions about their electrical systems. Solar, energy conservation, emergency power, 21st century loads on 1970s wiring — the homeowner really needs a trusted expert like American to help them deal with these concerns.” The kamaaina firm has been serving Hawaii since 1946.

If you’re thinking about solar electric (PV), you should understand the changes taking place in the PV industry, and specifically in Hawaii. The “gold rush” has peaked; PV panel manufacturers have gone bankrupt by the score, and prices are rising. Retailers/installers — including every fly-by-night and Mainland firm looking for a quick buck — are fighting for survival in a shrinking island market.

The grid is reaching the limits of how much PV it can handle, and is already at critical saturation levels in most of Maui and significant portions of the Big Island and Kauai. On Oahu, homeowners in some areas are being required to do an expensive engineering study to see if their planned PV system can be accommodated.


With such dynamic forces battering the market, one sure strategy is to work with a trusted, professional firm. American Electric is one of the largest residential PV contractors in Hawaii and among the oldest and largest locally owned electrical contractors in Hawaii.

The company’s sterling reputation has enabled American to partner with solar power service companies, including the nation’s largest residential solar service provider, to offer homeowners a new way to go solar. Not only are these systems more affordable, but because these solar power service companies also monitor, maintain, insure and repair your PV system free of charge, switching to solar can be easy and hassle-free.

As a one-stop-shop for all your electrical needs, American also provides comprehensive electrical system inspections to ensure your home can safely manage its electrical loads. This sophisticated electrical inspection and maintenance program is offered for both commercial and residential application, with clients ranging from multi-billion dollar institutions to single-family homes and condos.

For nearly 70 years, American has built many of the giant power plants owned by the electric utility companies. With this expertise and depth of talent, industry professionals often call American to restore power after a major electrical accident, injury or equipment failure has occurred.

With branches on all Islands offering construction, service, maintenance and Solar PV, other firms cannot match American’s depth, expertise or longevity. “Generations of kamaaina trust American Electric as top-notch electricians,” said American’s CEO Tom Vincent, who has been with the company 47 years since starting as an apprentice. “Local people know we’ll still be here to take care of them when all the others have closed up or moved on.”

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