Monday, November 29, 2010
Sunetric installing 100 kW System at King Windward Nissan
<br/><br/> Kaneohe, HI – sunetric.com – With Hawaii’s first shipment of Nissan LEAF vehicles just around the corner, King Windward Nissan is taking yet another step to protect the environment. Sunetric workmen descended onto the dealership yesterday to install more than 460 solar modules onto King Windward Nissan’s rooftop. The 100 kW system will produce an estimated 362 kWh each day. Over the next 30 years, this solar array will offset approximately 6,620 barrels of oil that would have otherwise been imported to Hawaii and burned for electricity.<br/><br/> “Bringing zero-emission vehicles to Hawaii is just the beginning for us,” said King Windward Nissan General Manager Bill Mickelsen. “We are constantly looking to innovate our business in meaningful ways. When we can positively affect our community while increasing efficiency, we know we are on the right path.”<br/><br/> “We’re installing 468 modules which will save King Windward Nissan nearly $30,000 per year,” said Sunetric CEO Alex Tiller. “In today’s economy, saving that kind of money on a permanent basis adds up not just for the dealership but for all of Hawaii. “ Tiller adds, “As King Windward Nissan attracts local and national attention, all eyes will be on the dealership. Their solar array will stand as a beacon to the community that they are serious about conserving our islands’ resources.”<br/><br/> On The Web:<br/>StarAdvertiser – Breaking News<br/>Renewable Energy World
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Sunetric to Install 113.8 kW System at Kailua-Kona Dealership
<br/><br/> Kailua-Kona, HI – sunetric.com – BMW of Hawaii, the state’s premier luxury car dealership, will temporarily take its eyes off the road to look up toward the sun. BMW’s 34-year-old dealership, a longtime anchor of Kailua-Kona, is installing a solar array on its rooftop. The state-of-the-art system will be designed and installed by Sunetric, the state’s largest locally owned and operated solar company.<br/><br/> BMW of Hawaii will install a 113.8 kW roof-mounted photovoltaic (PV) system at the Kailua-Kona Loloku Street dealership. The solar panels will soak up Kona’s steady, dependable sunshine while generating an estimated $47,536 savings to the dealership per year. Construction is set to begin in December.<br/><br/> The $706,000 system includes 495 SunPower 230 W modules and a Solectria 95 kW inverter. The panels will kick off an average of 449kWh of electricity each day which will allow BMW of Hawaii to recoup its investment sometime during its fourth year of operation,” said Dave Felice, Sunetric energy consultant. “Not only is BMW investing in the environment, it’s investing in its own business.”<br/><br/> Sunetric’s CEO Alex Tiller adds, “BMW of Hawaii is doing more than installing solar panels. They’re making a bold statement for the environment which will be seen everyday in Kailua-Kona’s tight-knit community.” <br/><br/> Over the next 30 years, BMW’s new system is estimated to prevent approximately 3,858 tons of carbon dioxide emissions from entering Hawaii’s air. The solar array will offset 91% percent of the dealership’s electrical usage, offsetting 8,198 barrels of oil that would have otherwise been imported to Hawaii and burned to make electricity. BMW of Hawaii’s use of the solar array is equivalent to saving 66 acres of forest.<br/><br/> On The Web:<br/><br/>Hawaii 24/7<br/>BMW The Only News<br/>Ethiopian Review<br/>Green By Design Hawaii
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
<em>Midweek article by Alex Tiller, CEO of Sunetric</em><br/>
The good news is that Hawaii now ranks third in the nation in per-capita photovoltaic generation. The bad news is that some Hawaii residents haven’t switched to solar because they believe it’s too expensive. That may have been true in the past, but now residents can switch to solar at no cost.
No, that wasn’t a typo. Residents on Oahu, Maui and the Big Island can now switch to solar energy at no charge. Sunetric, Hawaii’s largest locally owned and operated solar installer, recently partnered with SunRun, the nation’s leading home solar company, to offer Hawaii residents a chance to go solar with zero money out of pocket.
How does it work? Sunetric designs and installs the system and SunRun owns, insures and maintains it. Instead of paying for the solar panels up front, you simply pay SunRun monthly for the electricity your solar panels generate. You avoid the up-front expense of switching to solar but still get to generate your own clean, renewable energy.
In the few short weeks this program has been available, Sunetric’s SunRun customers are expecting to offset approximately 120kW per week, which translates into hundreds of dollars of savings in the first year. The beauty of the program is that as time goes on, the solar electric rates stay fixed and low while the utility rates continue to rise. Additionally, SunRun insures and monitors your system around the clock. If something isn’t working, SunRun detects it and Sunetric fixes it – at no cost to you.<br/><br/> What’s the catch? In short, there isn’t one. It’s truly a case of win-win-win: Sunetric is paid to install and maintain the panels, SunRun receives a predictable long-term return on its investment through monthly solar energy sales, and customers go solar for nothing out-of-pocket. Customers save money now and into the future, and together we build a sustainable future for Hawaii.<br/><br/> Renewable energy isn’t just a business for Sunetric – it’s a passion. Our islands are the most beautiful place on earth, yet we rely on fossil fuel to generate almost 90 percent of our electricity. That’s the worst record in the nation – and also why Sunetric partners with environmental leaders such as Blue Planet Foundation to raise awareness about clean energy alternatives. We believe our partnership with SunRun is yet another step in the right direction.