Thinking about PV for your home? If so, you should understand the changes taking place in the PV industry generally, and here in Hawaii specifically. The “gold rush” has peaked; panel manufacturers have gone bankrupt by the score and prices are rising. Concurrently, retailers/installers — which seem to include every average Joe and every Mainland firm looking for a quick buck — are fighting for survival in a shrinking island market.


The electrical grid is reaching the limits of how much PV it can handle; it’s already at critical saturation levels in most of Maui and significant portions of 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 systems will be allowed.


With such dynamic forces battering the market, one sure strategy is to work with a trusted, professional firm. American Electric (American) is one of the biggest residential PV contractors in Hawaii and beyond.

Since 1946, American Electric has been a leading electrical contractor in the state, building many of the giant, sophisticated power plants owned by the electric utility companies. Because of its expertise and depth of talent, industry professionals and insurers often call American to restore power after a major electrical accident, injury or equipment failure.


American offers a highly sophisticated electrical inspection and maintenance program for both commercial and residential application, with clients ranging from multi-billion dollar institutions to single-family homes and condos.


With branches on all Islands offering construction, service and PV, other firms can’t 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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