There’s great news for homeowners who want to take advantage of solar : you can put the sun to work to save electricity and money, without the long wait times or HECO approvals.

Just about anyone can take advantage of solar technology to cut hot water heating costs in half by having Alternate Energy Inc. (AEI) install a solar hot water heater. Since this technology doesn’t require a connection to the power grid, no HECO involvement is needed.



As an added bonus, many families find that with the savings generated by a solar hot water heater, a new, efficient ductless/ split air conditioning system can now be a reality — especially if it’s replacing traditional energy-hogging window units.

Mike Ito, director of marketing at AEI, said the company is committed to helping customers with the full spectrum of home comfort and efficiency, including PV, electric v‚ icle charging, air conditioning, electrical contracting, home energy storage and, of course, the original solar water heating technology.


“While PV can certainly help generate electricity, solar water heaters will help you save electricity, and should be the first step in transforming your house into an energy efficient home,” he said. “Especially in Hawaii, where the sun shines year-round, a solar hot water heater is one of the smartest energy-saving investments you can make for your home.”


Right now, AEI is offering a $750 discount on a new solar hot water heating system. And because AEI is a Hawaii Energy Participating Contractor, you also can take advantage of Hawaii Energy’s $500 rebate. When you combine those with state and federal tax credits, you can save nearly 70 percent on the system purchase price in the first year.

AEI is also proud to be one of Hawaii’s few renewable energy companies to be awarded the Mitsubishi Elite Diamond Contractor designation. This means the company is uniquely trained and certified to sell, install and service Mitsubishi HVAC systems in Hawaii, which now come with an industry leading 12-year par ts/12-year compressor warranty as well as AEI’s own two-year labor warranty — so it’s ultimately the customer who benefits. (AEI’s partnership with Mitsubishi is well-established; AEI is also Mitsubishi’s only Elite Dealer of the global corporation’s PV systems in the U.S.)


So this summer, use the sun to heat your water and the cutting-edge technology of Mitsubishi to cool your air. Ito said, “It’s really satisfying to help our customers save electricity and money by getting ‘back to the basics’ with an investment in solar water heating…and step into the future with a new or upgraded, ductless Mitsubishi A/C system. Let us help you make the switch to sun-powered hot water and energy-efficient, cool A/C today.”


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

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