When choosing a solar contractor, of course the basics are important. You want a reputable company with a long track record of offering high-quality products, excellent service and installation, fair pricing and solid warranties.

But beyond that, what sets a company apart? You can tell a lot from a solar provider’s commitment to its community.



Alternate Energy Inc. (AEI) has just been named one of Hawaii Business Magazine‘s “Most Charitable Companies 2013.” The magazine said, “Corporate giving is vital to Hawaii’s charities and vital to Hawaii itself. Many important nonprofits could not survive without the support of local businesses.”

AEI donated almost $80,000 to local charities both big and small, including:

• Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii $25,000 Title Sponsor
• Lokahi Family Fun Day $10,000 Title Sponsor
• Kaiser High School $32,000 for new athletic gym equipment
• $5,000 in scholarships to Aiea High School graduating seniors Justin Chock and Paul Nagtalon
• Ewa Beach Emergency Preparedness Fair $5,000 Title Sponsor
• Mid-Pacific Institute $1,000 Beach Clean Up Day Sponsorship
• Riggers Soccer Club new uniforms and donations


Another important way that a solar company demonstrates its support for the community is by being an advocate for the consumer. AEI representatives believe in customer education and full transparency. For instance, with the current HECO slowdown creating a lot of obstacles for people who want to invest in solar, AEI has been setting aside countless extra hours to fully explain the entire process with each customer.


AEI reps can often be found at the Legislature, most recently doing their part to encourage HECO to complete key representative studies now, so that customers in higher solar penetration areas can complete the switch to solar before the end of the year.

Founded in 1993 as one of Hawaii’s oldest kamaaina solar companies, Alternate Energy Inc. thanks its customers, vendors and staff for 20 wonderful years of helping Hawaii move toward greater energy independence.

contact // 842-5853 (Oahu) • 872-9592 (Maui)
address // 803 Ahua St.
web // www.alternateenergyhawaii.com