Living the Green Life in Honolulu
Here are 16 forward-thinking Hawaii businesses ready to help you make the switch, away from fossil fuels and into a renewable future.
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“By asking customers whether they plan to expand their household, whether by having kids or having in-laws move in with them, we can design a system with the imprint of the homeowner,” says Eric Carlson of RevoluSun, “They can choose for themselves the number of panels and where they want to place them, as well as the style.”
Throughout the entire process, experts show customers exactly how their new system works and all the costs involved. And you don’t need a huge property to help make a dent on your own, and the state’s, energy costs.
“We’re all fathers born and raised in Hawaii, so we’re in the business of solar, so we can leave a beautiful Hawaii for our kids,” Carlson explains of the RevoluSun team.
Sunetric (www.sunetric.com) has done its part by installing several of the largest photovoltaic systems in Hawaii, including Kona Commons on the Big Island, Wilcox Memorial Hospital on Kauai, and Y. Hata on Oahu. In its eight years of operation, Sunetric’s management team has done its part by handling the installation of more than 40 megawatts of photovoltaic power generation. That’s enough to power more than 32,000 homes!
Sunetric continues to work to power as much of Hawaii’s electricity needs as possible. “We have made it our mission to do just that by creating a more sustainable, energy-independent future one photovoltaic installation at a time,” says Laura Poirier of Sunetric.
Sunetric manages every stage of the design, development and installation of PV systems, from financing and tax incentive consultation to utility integration, monitoring and maintenance. Hawaii’s largest locally owned and operated solar company also hosts regular Solar Open Houses, which provide an opportunity for every homeowner to meet and discuss solar options with its experts.
Redefine your commute
Does the price of a weekly fill-up make you cringe? Thankfully, driving more efficiently no longer means you’ll have to compromise on a luxurious ride.
Mercedes-Benz of Honolulu (www.mercedesbenzofhonolulu.com) turned to its think tanks to create the new line of BlueTEC clean diesel vehicles, the world’s cleanest diesel cars.
Hawaii can now take a hint from Europe and Asia, where drivers turn to diesel for its performance-enhancing effects and its higher fuel efficiency. Mercedes-Benz’s BlueTEC technology takes the benefits one step further by offering cleaner emissions.
The innovation lies in AdBlue. When the liquid solution is injected into the exhaust, AdBlue converts harmful nitrogen oxide fuel emissions into benign nitrogen and oxygen. And BlueTEC vehicles can use both ultralow-sulfur fuels (now the standard nationwide) or even B5 Biodiesel. Providing both greater fuel economy and higher torque than conventional diesel vehicles, the BlueTEC line includes models like the S350 BlueTEC 4matic sedan. Complete with 240 horsepower, an estimated 21/31 MPG (city/hwy), and a 3.0L turbodiesel V-6 Engine, the S350 leaves little room for second-guessing the decision to drive it.
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