It’s estimated that there are now more than 300 solar PV providers in Hawaii. While it’s terrific that Hawaii is really be ginning to take advantage of its year-round sun to help lessen its dependence on fossil fuels, unfortunately many of these solar providers are recent start-ups that simply recognized a hot money-making opportunity and are looking to make a quick profit before the market cools off.

So when you’re considering affixing dozens of panels to your roof, not to mention investing thousands of dollars, here are two key pieces of advice:

1) Go with a well-established company that knows Hawaii, with a long track record of quality solar service, product and warranties.


2) Arm yourself with as much knowledge as you can before taking the plunge.

Most people know that Alternate Energy Inc. (AEI) has been providing high-quality solar products and service in Hawaii for 20 years. And the company has always believed in full transparency in every aspect of its business — including taking the time to educate customers so they can make an informed decision. Now, to help everyone get smarter on solar, AEI has launched a series of short, informative webisodes that are available free of charge on its YouTube channel at and on Facebook at


New webisodes are added each month and these locally produced shorts feature AEI’s own employees sharing real information on a huge spectrum of solar topics such as:

• PV permitting and net metering explained


• How to maintain your solar system after installation

• Customer testimonials

• A day in the life of a lead Installer, lead technician and solar sales consultant

• The Mitsubishi difference


“We have been proud to provide highest-quality solar products and service to the people of Hawaii since 1993,” AEI owner and founder Bruce Ekimura said. “We believe in integrity and transparency, and that includes helping to educate customers so they can decide what’s best for their family or business. Of course,” he said, “I’m happy to report that once a customer becomes well-informed, they usually choose AEI.”

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