Sunetric has been named “Hawaii’s Best Solar Company” by the readers of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.<br/><br/> Each year, the Star-Advertiser asks its readers to submit their votes on the people and companies in Hawaii who stick out as “the cream of the crop.”<br/><br/> Hawaii’s Best Awards represent what readers of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser have designated as top performers across 150 award categories. These readers determine award winners by selecting top picks in each category and submitting their votes. <br/><br/> Numerous ballots were cast and counted to select the 2010 elite roster of “Hawaii’s Best” winners across 150 categories - an award truly chosen by the people. It is an honor for these businesses and services to be recognized by their peers.<br/><br/> According to the Star-Advertiser, “In Hawaii, there are… many businesses and people whose quality work and dedication make this a place unlike any other. These restaurateurs, schools, retailers and service professionals exemplify the meaning of aloha, as they carry on our Islands’ unique traditions. They are “Hawaii’s Best.”<br/><br/> The newspaper intends for the annual compilation of “Hawaii’s Best” to serve as a great guidebook and keepsake that showcases all that the Islands have to offer. <br/><br/> Sunetric is pleased to join the many companies recognized as “Hawaii’s Best” and are proud to be known as the leader in providing clean, efficient solar energy to the people of Hawaii. <br/>
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Monthly Archives: June 2010
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
Entrepreneur becomes a pioneer in showing Hawaii how to go solar
Described by his colleagues as a visionary in the world of solar power, Sean Mullen founded Sunetric six years ago — at that time the only local company providing photovoltaic systems to Hawaii homes and businesses. Today, it describes itself as the state’s largest locally owned and operated solar energy company, accounting for the installation and activation of 40 percent of the net-metered systems in Hawaii.<br/><br/> With an engineering background, Mullen has educated himself on the financial benefits of solar power. He developed the Sunetric Power Plan, a power-purchase agreement that offers local nonprofits free solar power systems and installation. Sunetric Capital, a division of Sunetric, owns the systems and sells the solar power to the nonprofits, which pay only for the electricity their systems generate.<br/><br/> Mullen also developed a mobile solar power station that enables nonprofits to have “green” power for their events free of charge. That has evolved into the “Watt Wheels,” a car that can be driven to events.<br/><br/> Through Sunetric, Mullen works with community organizations to interest children in renewable energy. He currently is working with the Hawaii Nature Center to develop a renewable-energy competition for Hawaii’s youth.<br/><br/> How the events of the past two years influenced my career plans: The past two years have had a small impact on my career plans. I still remain focused on finding ways to provide clean solar energy to the businesses and homeowners of Hawaii, but the recession has taught me that we must remain light on our feet and be willing to change with what our economy has to offer.<br/><br/> Biggest challenge facing Hawaii: Keeping a balanced budget while trying to create a sustainable state in both energy and food.<br/><br/> Looking 10 years into the future, my greatest concern: If the Honolulu rail transit system will be finished.<br/><br/> Does the brain drain still exist for Hawaii’s young adults? I don’t see it in our business. We have more and more local talented people looking for work in renewable energy.<br/><br/> If I lost my job, the first thing I would do is: Travel and rest.<br/><br/> The most important cultural figure of my generation: MacGyver. He always figured a way out of any situation he was in even if he only had some duct tape, bubblegum, and a rubber band.<br/><br/> My favorite nonprofit organization: Blue Planet Foundation. They are helping to facilitate a sustainable future for Hawaii.<br/><br/> When and how I start my day: 5 a.m. I feed my dog and then get on the computer to answer most of the e-mails from the day before.<br/><br/> What I do to relax: Hang out with my wife and friends and talk story.<br/><br/> The best trip I ever took: Bali for my honeymoon.<br/><br/> As a child, what I wanted to be when I grew up: An engineer.<br/><br/> Click here to read Mullen’s announcement in Pacific Business News.
<br/><br/><br/> Sean Mullen, founder and president of Sunetric, was recognized in Pacific Business News’ Forty Under 40 Class of 2010. Mullen, an entrepreneur, was cited by the news outlet as a “pioneer in showing Hawaii how to go solar.” This video is from the recognition ceremony. <br/><br/>Read Sean’s story on PBN. <br/><br/>View a slideshow from the event.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) released the following statement from their President Rhone Resch last night following the President’s Oval Office speech on the ongoing disaster in the Gulf.
WASHINGTON, DC (June 15) – “This tragic environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico is a wake-up call for our nation to develop clean, safe renewable energy sources like solar now.
“President Obama is absolutely right to call for national energy reform and for us to unite behind comprehensive energy legislation that takes our nation in a new direction – away from unsafe and unstable fossil fuels and toward a new clean energy economy with safe, reliable sources like solar. We have an opportunity to produce solar energy to power our buildings and charge our vehicles while putting America back to work here at home.
“The solar industry is poised to rebuild our nation’s manufacturing base, create hundreds of thousands of jobs in all 50 states, spur economic growth, and strengthen our national security and energy independence. But to do this, we need comprehensive energy legislation that effectively rewards and stimulates production of clean energy. It is one of the best policy investments the public can make.
“No doubt we will recover from this terrible accident; but if we don’t set ourselves down a new energy path, we will be ignoring our responsibility to the residents of the Gulf Coast and to the nation as a whole.”
Sunetric is a proud member of SEIA and its mission to make solar a mainstream and significant energy source by expanding markets, removing market barriers, strengthening the industry and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
More and more people are looking for a job in the solar industry, according to a post in RenewableEnergyWorld.com.
A recently released report predicts that solar photovoltaic companies will see a continued steep increase in revenues from $15.6 billion last year to $69.3 billion nine years from now. Estimates from other analysts and associations suggest that this is a conservative number and claim the increase in revenues generated will be even greater than anticipated. This dynamic growth and bright forecast make the solar industry one of the most attractive new sectors to employees. As a result, more and more people are looking for a job in the solar industry.
With booming consumer interest, strong public support in terms of legislation and incentives, and growing market demand worldwide, enormous opportunity exists for those who want to transition into the solar industry. Jobs at all levels are becoming available for a number of positions including installers, sales people, mechanical engineers, manufacturing personnel, R&D scientists and engineers, marketing and finance, and others.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Every person at Sunetric plays an important role in our mission to bring affordable solar power to the people of Hawaii. No job is more important than that of project engineer; our project engineers are responsible for the quality and technical precision of every installation. They are our front-line soldiers, who ensure that every new installation is done according to the National Electrical Code. Project engineers are also responsible for the Balance of System (BOS is everything in a photovoltaic system other than the photovoltaic panels), the engineering design, and the research and implementation of new products.
One of our best and brightest project engineers is Gabriel Chong. Gabriel was born and raised right here in Hawaii and graduated from Kamehameha Schools, Kapalama Campus. He went to the mainland to earn an engineering degree from Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania. Gabriel also minored in music and still plays and teaches guitar on the weekends. He is a physical fitness buff and enjoys working with computers.
Gabriel became fascinated by the potential and importance of renewable energy as part of his collegiate studies. The Elizabethtown College engineering department had a significant focus on renewable energy systems and he began working with the technology from his freshman year in 2004. His first project was a competition for the design of an efficient and quick energy storage system. Gabriel and his team won the competition with an innovative application of ultra-capacitors.
After graduating from Elizabethtown, Gabriel was ready and eager to get professionally involved in the renewable energy field. Gabriel is vocal about his love of solar energy and the potential for renewable energy to help the environment. He can talk for hours about both the obvious and the subtle benefits of solar panels. From the passive cooling effects of the absorbent material to the economic benefits of using a rooftop to generate electricity, he is a passionate about expanding the use of photovoltaic installations – and he found the perfect outlet for that passion after his graduation in 2008, joining Sunetric as a project engineer in October of that year.
Gabriel’s enthusiasm for his work has led him to seek further education and certification in solar power technologies. With Sunetric’s help, Gabriel obtained his Advanced Sunpower Certification and is now even better prepared to help Sunetric’s customers design and install the optimum solar photovoltaic system for their individual needs. He remains committed to the vision of a better energy future, and knows that Sunetric is the place where he wants to help make that happen, saying “Sunetric is not a company. Sunetric is a family.”
Gabriel was recently promoted to Team Leader for Sunetric’s Residential Operations.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Few people realize how relatively new incentives are to the solar industry. While the U.S. has argued for decades that solar is a priority for our energy future incentives have only been around for the past 5 years.
<br/><br/> Rhone Resch, president of the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA) talked to CNBC’s Erin Burnett last month about the benefits of solar and the critical role incentives play in the consumer decision-making process. <br/><br/> “The oil and gas industry has had permanent federal subsidies since 1916. The nuclear industry had the same since the 1950s. The solar industry, however, had to wait until the 2005 Energy Bill before we received our current tax credits,” said Resch. “And, even then, Congress only enacted them for 2 years and put a $2,000 cap on them. Ultimately, you can’t build an industry around a 2 year policy.”<br/><br/> Resch added, “I am happy to say that in the 2008 bailout bill they extended the tax credits for solar for 8 additional years… really opening the doors for future growth of solar.” <br/>