The Best Solar Companies in Hawaii 2021

Choosing the right solar installation company is probably the most important decision in your solar panel investment. When you’re looking for the best solar installer in Hawaii, it can be overwhelming.

How do you know you’re choosing the right one? Like any other industry, the solar industry has its fair share of fast-talking salespeople, high-pressure tactics, and inflated performance claims.

So, we created an honest list of the best solar companies in Hawaii based on several different factors. We wanted a brutally honest top ten because you, as a consumer, deserve to trust where your money goes.

Note: ZERO of these companies paid us to be on this list. This list is our unbiased take on the best solar companies in HI.

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    Top 10 Residential Solar Companies in Hawaii

    pro solar hawaii

    Pro Solar Hawaii

    Kailua-Kona, HI

    pro vision solar hawaii

    ProVision Solar

    Hilo, HI

    revolusun hawaii

    RevoluSun Smart Home

    Honolulu, HI

    maui solar project

    Maui Solar Project

    Wailuku, HI

    rising sun solar hawaii

    Rising Sun Maui

    Kahului, HI

    sun king solar hawaii

    Sun King Inc

    Kahului, HI

    res hawaii

    Renewable Energy Services

    Honokaa, HI

    hi power solar

    Hi-Power Solar

    Pearl City, HI

    solar help hawaii

    Solar Help Hawaii

    Honolulu, HI

    island solar service hawaii

    Island Solar Service

    Honolulu, HI

    How We Calculated the Top Solar Installers

    We combed the web and did a deep dive into all the solar companies in Hawaii. We read and averaged reviews from multiple websites, dug up warranties, accreditations, financing options, product options, experience, employee satisfaction, and more.

    We looked at the following factors:

    • Reviews
    • Do they have NABCEP accreditation?
    • Do they have BBB accreditation?
    • How do their warranties look?
    • Do they offer financing options?
    • Do they offer product options?
    • Do they use quality products?
    • How long have they been in business?
    • How many customers have they serviced?
    • How many employees do they have?
    • How is their employee satisfaction?
    • Company website

    How to Choose the Top Solar Installer

    • Read up on the solar installer’s reviews and client testimonials
    • Find out about the warranties offered
    • Check the solar installer’s credentials and accreditations
    • Ask for the turnaround time
    • Look for customized solutions
    • Decide whether you want a national or local solar installation company.
    • Get multiple quotes. Get a quote from at least 3 solar companies.

    Hawaii Solar Energy Incentives

    Federal ITC
    HI residents can take advantage of the 26% federal investment tax credit (ITC). A tax credit is a dollar-for-dollar reduction in your total income tax liability. If your system costs $10,000, you could claim a $2,600 credit on the federal taxes you owe.  The tax credit carries forward multiple years in case your federal tax liability is low.

    Other solar financial incentives to look for (not available in every state):

    • State tax credits
    • Net metering
    • SRECs – Solar Renewable Energy Certificates
    • Utility companies sometimes offer incentives
    • City and county-level incentives
    • Tax exemptions – sales and property value increase

    How Much Do Solar Panels Cost in Hawaii?

    The average cost of solar panels (including installation) in Hawaii is $2.67 per watt.  The average cost of a 5kW solar panel system in HI is $13,350, and $9,879 after the federal tax credit. 

    Average payback period in HI: 5years
    Average 20-year savings in HI: $43,300

    Factors that determine your total cost

    • Size of the system
    • Equipment
    • Solar installation company
    • Utah solar incentives, tax credits, and rebates
    • Solar financing options
    • Payback period
    • Electricity rates in Hawaii
    • Roof condition
    • Costs by city
    • Home value increase

    Hawaii Solar Energy Facts

    • Solar Installed (MW): 1,399
    • National Ranking: 15th (11th in 2019)
    • Enough Solar Installed to Power: 349,764 homes
    • Percentage of State’s Electricity from Solar: 16%
    • Solar Jobs in HI: 2,484
    • Solar Installers in HI: 65
    • Number of Installations: 90,100

    Data current through Q3 2020
    Source: seia.org