More solar options
More solar options are becoming available to Hawaii residents these days — either new companies coming online, new financing options or new offerings.
Here's a rundown on a few of the latest:
>> Check it out. RevoluSun is now offering residential clients the new SunPower X-Series Solar Panel which is supposed to deliver more energy and higher reliability than conventional solar panels. That means more power per panel. (They are said to produce 75 percent more energy per square foot over the first 25 years). Call 748-8888 to learn more.
>> New financing option. Kumu Kit has introduced its "Synergy Loan," which gives clients two years to recover federal and state solar tax credits. The financing plan requires as little as $0 down. Learn more at kumukit.com/synergy. Kumu Kit encourages you to own your solar PV system to reap all the financial benefits. Call 524-7336 for more information.
>> Solar home automation. Vivint Solar, the solar arm of a Utah-based home automation company, integrates solar PV with home automation and security services and currently has the top-ranking share of Hawaii's market. Vivint also has a cool graphic online to explain how solar PV panels work. Call 877-404-4129 to learn more.
>> Giving to Special Olympics. Waterhouse Solar is partnering with Special Olympics Hawaii this summer by offering to donate a matching fund of up to $100,000 until the end of July 31. For every residential solar PV system sold in Hawaii, Waterhouse Solar, a privately funded company, will donate $500 to Special Olympics Hawaii (the company has already committed $3,000). During the promotion, residents also get a $1,000 discount off the cost of their solar PV system.
As I drive around Oahu, it's heartening to see more solar arrays sprouting up on rooftops, meaning that we're generating more clean energy. Summer is a great time for solar power generation.