After being surrounded by industry giants in an already overcrowded arena of photovoltaic solar companies, it’s the ‘little engine that could’ behind Akamai Energy that has helped ‘Hawaii’s Smart Energy Solution’ become the emerging choice among Oahu’s local families — and a growing partner of interest for commercial installations.

“While attending the Kamehameha Schools, our motto was ‘Imua’ or to move forward,” explains Akamai Energy’s Managing Director Richie Aqui. “And despite the many challenges that face any small business, my vision allowed me to push forward and move ahead with the spirit exemplified in the motto of my alma mater.

“Today, we continue to press on, and as a company our main purpose is to help all of Hawaii’s families realize the tremendous benefits of going green with photovoltaic solar. The sun’s energy is a gift that we have here in Hawaii. Let’s make good use of it and realize the savings that we can all give back to our families. Whether it’s extra money to send your child to private school, the annual family vacation, savings for your retirement, or any other reason to give back to your ohana, PV solar is the only investment today that can yield immediate returns to help every family realize their dreams.”


The long-term savings and benefits of photovoltaic solar are well documented, and with Akamai Energy’s option of 0 percent financing available for two years with a 10-year loan term, there is no need for a change in your lifestyle. In most cases, your monthly loan payment mirrors your electric bill — or maybe even less — and that’s before you even apply up to 65 percent solar tax credit incentives.

“It’s expensive to live here in Hawaii. My grandparents on Kauai really struggled back in the day to support all of us and provide us with a foundation, but they did it. And today, it’s even harder to save, get ahead and provide for future generations.

The cost of living is through the roof. That’s why PV solar really is a no-brainer,” exclaims Aqui. “It’s a golden opportunity for many families — especially young families — to really get ahead with the extra money saved each and every month, and a chance to set aside savings for the future.”

For 2014, Akamai Energy is proud to announce its partnership with the HawaiianMiles program. Not only can you benefit from special pricing starting at $888 per panel, but for a limited time with every complete system purchased, receive 888 HawaiianMiles per panel to be used toward interisland, mainland or international travel on Hawaiian Airlines.

“It’s our way of saying mahalo for choosing us for all your photovoltaic needs. Our pricing is already very affordable and attractive. We just like going that extra step for our customers to say thank you,” smiles Aqui. “In this competitive industry, other companies may say it’s a sales gimmick. I look at it as a sincere gesture of our appreciation. It’s our way of giving a little something back to each and every customer. It’s our way of saying thanks for trusting us and for choosing us.”


Speaking of extra steps, with every complete system Akamai Energy goes an additional step by treating your solar panels with an exclusive nanotol solution that protects your panels from dirt and debris, and actually increases your panel’s efficiency. Each complete system also comes with cleaning and maintenance for the first two years.

And when it comes to cleaning and maintenance, there is no one better than Akamai Energy — chosen by the global leader in solar panel cleaning and maintenance, Solar Maid, to facilitate all of its Hawaii residential and commercial contracts with special focus on Oahu, Maui and the growing island of interest, Kauai.

“Our partnership with Solar Maid provides confidence, trust and peace of mind with our customers. It assures them that we will be around to service their system for years to come — just as much as we will be there to service many other non-Akamai Energy installed systems as well. My electrical partner and contractor, Scott Lange, has over 28 years electrical experience, and our installation crew is hands down the best in the business,” promises Aqui.

Akamai Energy is accredited by the Better Business Bureau of Hawaii, and a member of the Building Industry Association of Hawaii. Visit for a wealth of solar information including videos as seen on “Solar in 60 Seconds” on Sunrise-Hawaii News Now, plus download exclusive rebates.


Visit Akamai Energy at the BIA Hawaii Home Building and Remodeling Show Jan. 24-26 at the Neal S. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall for more information on going green with photovoltaic solar, off-grid solar solutions, solar panel cleaning and maintenance, and your chance to win fabulous prizes.

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