It’s all over the news: Tens of thousands of Hawaii families have made — and are still making — the switch to solar PV, getting their energy for free from the sun instead of from pricey fossil fuels.

Alternate Energy Inc. (AEI), a Mitsubishi Elite Dealer renowned as Hawaii’s leader in residential PV sales and installation, has helped a majority of these families make the switch. But over the past few years, they’ve discovered an interesting phenomenon. Not only has this shift to solar made homes less dependent on the utility and its skyrocketing prices, but it has helped families realize that a high-quality air-conditioning system is now within their reach — especially if they’ve been relying on old-fashioned window units to cool their homes.

Craig Kawamura, director of sales at AEI, said customers are clamoring for Mitsubishi HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) systems either as a complement to a new solar PV installation, or as a logical next step after they’ve lived with solar for a few years and have seen how much money they’re saving on electricity.

He said, “We’re hearing it every day: ‘Now that I’m getting my energy from the sun, I can feel good about installing or upgrading an AC system for my home.’ They are also seeing firsthand the quality of the Mitsubishi Electric product, and they want more.”


Alternate Energy is meeting that demand with the launch of its Mitsubishi Electric HVAC Division, featuring the new ductless system, with special “Beat the Heat” pricing available now through April 30. AEI’s qualified journeyman and apprentice technician teams design, install and maintain the new heating/cooling systems with the same precision and expertise they are already known for with the Mitsubishi PV product.

What sets AEI’s HVAC Division apart:

• AEI offers a two-year workmanship warranty (compared to the traditional one-year warranty offered by most).

• All installations are done by AEI’s in-house team of HVAC Journeymen and licensed electricians, who are proud employees of the company, not subcontractors.

• AEI takes care of all City & County building permits and Homeowners Association requirements, ensuring a smooth installation and much less hassle for the owner.

• As a Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Contractor, AEI offers a seven-year parts/seven-year compressor warranty.


Mitsubishi Electric’s efficient, quiet, high-quality HVAC systems are the gold standard for home cooling. The company’s advanced ductless technology offers not only the industry’s highest SEER efficiency ratings, but also allows you to enjoy more precise comfort in one or multiple rooms — while saving on energy bills and contributing to a greener Hawaii. Unlike traditional duct systems, Mitsubishi offers the flexibility to transform any room into an oasis of comfort. And because you can control the temperature in individual rooms, you avoid the energy waste of having to cool or heat rooms you are not using.

Mitsubishi’s inverter technology is another important factor that makes its systems dramatically more efficient than traditional HVAC systems. The inverter-driven compressors instantly and automatically adjust to changing room environment conditions to deliver ideal comfort while only using the energy that is needed — no more, no less.

Another benefit is cleaner air. Did you know that the air quality inside your home can often be worse than the air quality outside? Mitsubishi uses a sophisticated multi-part filter system to remove contaminants as it circulates within a room. The hybrid catechin filter absorbs odor-causing gases. A blue-enzyme, anti-allergen filter reduces germs, bacteria and viruses, and it helps trap dust, pollens, mites and other particles that plague allergy sufferers. As a result, you enjoy pristine air 24/7.

Bruce Ekimura, founder of AEI, said, “Mitsubishi Electric cooling and heating systems are the top choice among contractors and consumers. They are without a doubt the most trusted brand for reliability, service and support. We are thrilled to launch our new Mitsubishi HVAC Division and we look forward to offering this new product and service to our customers.”

Founded in 1993 as one of Hawaii’s oldest kamaaina solar companies, Alternate Energy is located in Mapunapuna at 803 Ahua St. Call the company at 842-5853 (Oahu) and 872-9592 (Maui) or visit

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