SOlar panels directionPhotovoltaic (PV) solar panel relies on sunlight to generate electricity and the angle the panel is slanted towards the sun will affect its output. For homeowners in Hawaii, your solar panel should be installed facing true south also known as geographic south or solar south because Hawaii is located in the Northern hemisphere.

PV solar panel maintanenceFor maximum solar panel performance, keep nearby trees trimmed preventing them from shading the panels and resulting in efficient solar production. Also,trees that are trimmed won’t drop leaves, twigs and other debris on your panels, keeping them cleaner.

hawaii solar faqKamaaina Solar Solutions FAQ of the Week:
Price Per Watt (PPW) refers to how solar installers price out solar systems giving you the chance to compare prices of several different installers. PPW simply means the amount of each watt of solar you intend to purchase. PPW is only applicable for purchased systems and is not a factor to be considered for a standard lease or PPA option.

solar pv directionDid you know solar panels must be installed where they can receive maximum sunlight and slanted at an angle towards the sun. Expert installers at Kamaaina Solar Solutions are excited to help homeowners decide on the best panel orientation for optimal sunlight. 

Kama'aina Solar Solutions is lookng for a talented Solar Administrative Assistant and join  our award winning Kama'aina family of businesses. We are a locally owned company established in 1999 and based in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Kama'aina Solar Solutions team is smart, customer service oriented, and composed of solar energy's best and brightest talent. We offer competitive salaries for our Kama'aina solar solutions management, with the opportunity to join our dynamic and growing solar company.

Pay will be based on experience and range from $8 - $15 and will include paid training, and a full benefit package. Email resumes and cover letters to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Position Summary:

The primary responsibility is to manage communications between Kama'aina Solar Solutions and our customers. This includes welcoming customers by phone and explaining the solar installation process, designs, rebates, monitoring system and interconnection procedures with them. Additionally, the Solar Energy Administrative Assistant will interface with customers via telephone, work with installation partners, and with internal Kama'aina Solar Solutions personnel as appropriate.
This person should have strong phone, writing, follow up and problem solving skills and should be results and customer service oriented. Previous solar and office experience is preferred, but not required.

Job Requirements:

Process new Service account applications and credit limit adjustments with Accounting
Enter return and spare parts orders in Database and provide confirmations to customers
Work with Service and Planning to schedule product shipments and provide lead time estimates to customers
Run customer and product reports in Database and Sales databases
Provide administrative support for the Service Team
Coordinate with Shipping and Receiving when necessary
Follow up on all open issues
Provide Summary reporting of completed and open customer issues.
Utilize Sales Databases for data input and reporting
Help define and identify support tools and resources
Associates degree preferred and/or equivalent experience plus minimum of 2-4 years of customer service in post sales environment
Exceptional communication, telephone, organizational, interpersonal, verbal and written, and follow-up skills
Proficient typing skills and use of computer applications (i.e. Excel, Word, Power Point, and Google Applications)
Computer literate in EXCEL spreadsheets and MSWORD word processing
Use Sales Force like interfaces to enter customer information, research customer accounts and assign tasks to sales and marketing team
Uses standard office equipment (FAX, copier, multi-line phone, etc)
Self-motivated, with the ability to work independently as well as part of a team, while maintaining a positive attitude
Ability to work on multiple tasks and projects simultaneously with a strict attention to detail
Ability to follow-up on open tasks and commitment in a timely manner

best solar energy appsEnergy efficiency and consequent savings are always important to homeowners across the country. Also, U.S. Department of Energy supports home energy efficiency because it reduces climate change and promotes cleaner breathable air.
Home buyers too are constantly looking out for energy efficient appliances, Minimum Efficiency Reporting Values (MERV) and solar panel systems indicating that the home has dependable air filters.

July 21st, 2015

uofnKama’aina Solar Solutions has been chosen as the EPC (Engineering Procurement and Construction) for University of The Nations grid tied PV system with battery backup. The system will consist of a 412kW PV array, using Sunpreme GxB Modules and additional day time production will be stored in a combination of Li ion and Flow Batteries. The power controls and batteries will be provided by ZBB Energy. In the event that the utilities grid is down for any reason, the school will be able to run critical loads indefinitely.

“We at KSS feel that the future of commercial PV in Hawaii will incorporate power controls and storage. This will allow commercial projects to exceed the 100kW limitations of a NEM and the day time production limitations of a SIA. Storage will help bring stability to the utilities grid and allow for potential supply response programs with HELCO/MECO/HECO,” Kamaaina Solar Solutions General Manager Matt Cosbie said.

Based in Honolulu, Hawaii, Kamaaina Solar & Energy Solutions specializes in commercial photovoltaic solar technology throughout the Hawaiian Islands.

In a statement earlier this week, Brad Hansen, president and COO of Wisconsin based ZBB Energy said, “There are hundreds of thousands of commercial, industrial and campus locations in our target markets that are paying high electricity rates or have poor power quality. Our products and services solve both problems, and do so more economically than other offerings in the market.”

The $3 million, 20-year power purchase agreement, is scheduled to be completed in two phases starting in the fourth quarter of this year.

logoDuane Shimogawa: Pacific Business NewsPacific Business News :: ZBB Energy Corp., a Wisconsin-based developer of energy management systems, has signed a 20-year power purchase agreement with the University of the Nations on the Big Island for a $3 million project, one of the firm's partners told PBN Tuesday.

How the State of Hawaii breaks down Solar Tax and Financial Incentives

Solar usage in Hawaii continues to grow, with 2011 being a banner year for Hawaii's solar industry.The Hawaiian Electric Co. recently reported they had reached 20 megawatts of solar photovoltaic energy on Oahu.

Kamaaina Solar Solutions Tip #1: Dirty solar panel reduces output.