Renewable Energy World | September 9, 2013
With over 30 years in contracting, Jim Vecchio went about installing solar on his Hawaii Island home the same way he would in his daily work as a project manager for a contracting company: Researched what companies offered the highest quality products, got bids, compared costs, and then went with the best company. Upon choosing RevoluSun, Vecchio was highly impressed with their installation and quality products—and his resulting $22 electric bill. It was then that he became a RevoluSunary.
“I started out as a satisfied customer, walking around like a proud peacock with the best solar on the block, and then I started referring people,” Vecchio recalls, which is easy to do in his line of work as a project manager for a contracting company. “I’m always talking to people about their homes and I ended up pre-selling many solar PV systems for RevoluSun, so they me to come onboard as a project developer.”
Now, Vecchio, who works on the west coast of Hawaii Island, introduces people to how solar PV systems work and how to incorporate it into their lives. “The financing packages available now that weren’t even available a year ago are really making solar accessible for almost any homeowner,” he says. “It’s a win-win for everyone. The homeowner saves money, benefits the planet, and I get to meet like-minded people while improving my income and doing something I truly believe in.”
As a high school teacher on Oahu, John Cheever had created a senior-level Economics course that focused heavily on sustainability, renewable energy policy, and community service, which led him to become deeply immersed in the concepts underlying those topics. Concurrently, he was playing soccer on a men’s league and came to know several of the RevoluSun partners. After seeing RevoluSun quickly become the leading solar company in Hawaii and witness respected colleagues join the team, he knew that when it came time to call a solar company for his home, RevoluSun was the call to make.
After becoming a satisfied customer, Cheever was given an opportunity to join RevoluSun as a Renewable Energy Developer handling commercial photovoltaics projects for businesses, landowners, and non-profits such as schools, churches, and social service organizations. As a result of his prior coordination and management of hundreds of student projects, RevoluSun also asked Cheever to assist with the educational component of their Project Empower community outreach program. “We’ve put together an engaging, hands-on, and informative curriculum for students,” he says. “We’ve been to public and private schools, sharing our knowledge and getting kids excited about taking charge of Hawaii’s renewable energy future.”
Both Cheever and Vecchio point out that their transition into renewable energy as homeowners and professionals required them to leave their comfort zones. “RevoluSun is committed to getting Hawaii off of fossil fuels to achieve greater energy independence,” Cheever relates. “It’s incredibly exciting to be part of that mission. I feel very fortunate to be a RevoluSunary.”