Great news for homeowners who want to take advantage of solar: You can put the sun to work to save electricity and money, without long wait times and without the need for HECO approvals.

Yes, the utility is still delaying solar photovoltaic (PV) installations in certain high-penetration neighborhoods, but the solar experts at Alternate Energy Inc. (AEI) want to remind home and business owners that although PV has gotten most of the news lately, it’s not the only way to go solar.


Just about any Hawaii home and business owner, regardless of where one resides on the Islands, can take advantage of solar technology to cut hot water heating costs and home cooling costs in half. Alternate Energy Inc. can help do this by installing a solar water heater and solar attic fans. Because this technology doesn’t require a connection to the power grid, no HECO involvement is needed.

Craig Kawamura, director of sales at AEI, said the company is committed to helping customers with the full spectrum of home comfort and efficiency, including PV, electric vehicle charging, air conditioning, electrical contracting and, of course, the original solar water heating and attic fan technology. “While PV can certainly help generate electricity, solar water heaters and attic fans will help you save electricity, and should be the first step in transforming your house into an energy-efficient home,” Kawamura said.

“We want to remind people that they can save a substantial amount of electricity (and money) with solar by getting ‘back to the basics’ and investing in solar water heating and attic fans. We hope you’ll let us help you make the switch to solar today.”

Alternate Energy Inc. was founded in 1993 as one of Hawaii’s oldest kamaaina solar companies, and is now located in Mapunapuna.

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