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Make it once, make it right

The above mantra of our company speaks directly to our unrelenting focus on quality. With this goal in mind, we have proudly served Hawaii since 1985. Because of this rich history, we bring extensive experience to the job with a staff that’s like family.

When the Power Goes Out

hurricane hiHurricane season is upon us. For some parts of the islands, this means heavy rains and winds which can interfere significantly in our ability to have consistent power flow from the grid. Severe weather is just one of the elements which can cause power outages in the summer months. There are also man made problems like traffic accidents and even animals have been known to short out power lines. Despite all these factors, some manage to keep their power on during bad weather and other calamities.

A decent rain or wind storm can shut power down for hours and even days. Many are too well aware of this after the passage of the recent tropical storms Iselle and Julio. Utility companies don’t always have sufficient resources on hand to deal with all emergency and crisis weather situations on the spot. Often times crews will have to wait until the weather conditions are safe to work in before tackling power distribution problems. If they call upon others for assistance, often times inter-island travel is involved. This also requires safe conditions for transporting equipment and labor. Once storms pass its back to business as usual but seldom will crews be allowed to work during a storm because of the associated dangers.

While we will always be at the mercy of Mother Nature, right along with our utility providers, there are safeguards we can take to ensure that we always have electricity available for consumption. To some this is a matter of comfort and ease. But for others it’s a matter of life or death. For those who need a guarantee that they will have power every minute that they need it, there are a few options.

Portable generators run on gasoline, diesel or some other petroleum byproduct. They are a reliable and consistent energy source, provided you have access to fuel in order to run them. There is also the matter of noise and potential mechanical maintenance. Another consideration is the load a generator can bear – you’ll need to determine what capacity/size of generator will run all of your appliances.

A quieter, cleaner, more reliable and efficient option is solar power. There are now solar photovoltaic panels available which have inverters allowing energy to be accessed directly at the power outlet. There are also battery backup systems which can store energy for times of darkness and ensure consistent energy flow. A solar system also has the ability to save the average family up to 50% of their power bill the rest of the time.

Although HECO has recently modified its solar energy incentive program, the time is still right to consider solar as a primary or substantial source of energy. Government incentives will continue to change with the economy and demand of solar power. But our ability to realize substantial savings by utilizing solar power on a day to day basis will never change.