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Home Improvements: Going Solar

Posted on March 14, 2018

There comes a time in every homeowner's life when improvements need to be made to their home, most of which are purely aesthetic and/or functional. While this may add to the overall value, improvements that cut home costs and qualify for tax benefits are difficult to come by. Going solar is one way to add value to your home and decrease overall expenses while helping the environment!

Maintaining your Investments

Posted on February 10, 2018

There are many facets of growing older that you only come to realize as time goes on. For example, a balanced diet may not be ideal but will help to keep your body and mind healthy, that patience really is a virtue, and that all investments, tangible or intangible, need to be maintained. Investments such as an Air Conditioning (AC) system, Solar Water Heating (SWH) System, or Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic (PV) system all need to be maintained regularly.

PUC Order Allows More Customers to Join Grid Supply Program

Posted on March 29, 2017

An order by Hawaii's Public Utilities Commission will allow more rooftop solar system owners to take part in the state's previously closed grid supply program, which allows customers to export unused energy from solar panel systems back to the grid in exchange for credit on their electrical bills. The order will clear a backlog of grid supply customers and open the program to new participants.

Alternate Energy Inc. Names New Director of Sales

Posted on February 22, 2017

HONOLULU (February 21, 2017)—Alternate Energy Inc. (AEI) has promoted Ross Kutsunai to director of sales.  

He manages a team of 20 project developers and liaisons with AEI’s engineering, design, operations and administrations departments on behalf of the renewable energy firm’s PV, home energy storage, HVAC, solar water heating and electric vehicle charging customers.

Kutsunai was formerly a project developer and has been with AEI since 2009. His previous experience includes 12 years in pharmaceutical sales and management.

Alternate Energy Helps Keep Families Cool at The Ronald McDonald House of Hawaii

Posted on October 29, 2016

AEI recently partnered with The Ronald McDonald House of Hawaii to help them lower their energy bills by installing a set of Mitsubishi solar panels and several A/C units throughout the organization's Judd Hillside House, located in Manoa.

Alternate Energy Wins Hawaii’s Best Solar Company (Again)!

Posted on August 10, 2016

Alternate Energy Inc. (AEI) is honored to receive the 1st place award for Hawaii’s Best Solar Company two years in a row!

Each year the Honolulu Star-Advertiser carries out a survey encouraging the community to vote for their favorite everything in Hawaii, covering food trucks to fitness and all things in-between. Once votes have been tallied and the winners decided, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser recognizes “Hawaii’s Best”--as determined by you, the people.

Alternate Energy Named a Tesla Energy Authorized Reseller

Posted on June 22, 2016

Alternate Energy is proud to announce that it is one of the first Tesla Energy Authorized Resellers in Hawaii. AEI will offer Tesla Powerwall to new and current PV system owners on Oahu and Maui. 

Tesla Powerwall, a rechargeable battery meant for residential use, stores energy captured through solar panels, offering the following benefits:

AEI's HVAC Foreman Assists Student with Sustainable AC Project

Posted on June 7, 2016

When AEI received a call from a Kaimuki High School teacher seeking a mentor for a student project on HVAC technology, Joel Weber, our HVAC Foreman, volunteered to assist. What started as a simple Q&A session turned into much more. Joel helped the student design and create a sustainable AC unit using a cooler, ice and some items from the "AEI graveyard." The Kaimuki students displayed their projects at an evening presentation during which they honored their mentors. 

Alternate Energy Wins 2016 SBA Entrepreneurial Success of the Year Award

Posted on June 6, 2016

AEI is proud to announce that Founder and President Bruce Ekimura was awarded the SBA Entrepreneurial Success of the Year Award for the County of Honolulu by the U.S. Small Business Association. According to the Hawaii SBDC Network, the award "recognizes the achievements of an accomplished small business person who started out as a small business and has since, with some assistance from the SBA, grown to exceed the small business size standards, or NAICs."