RevoluSun has won Best Solar Company 5 years in a row from HONOLULU Magazine. Today, we’re learning about what makes RevoluSun’s solar installations different.
Living808, KHON2 | July 27, 2016
0:00 Taizo: For the fifth year in a row Honolulu Magazine has named RevoluSun the Best Solar Company.
0:05 Trini: That’s right, and we’ll learn why in today’s Energy Innovation segment. We are learning what makes RevoluSun’s solar installations different. I’ve said it before, not all solar companies are the same and that’s why if you’re shopping for a solar system there are some things you should consider and that’s why I’m here today with David Gorman with RevoluSun. Hello!
0:27 David: Hi, Trini. We’re back on location.
0:30 Trini: We are, we are, we’re back at your house. Thank you for having us over again. So what are the different components of a solar system?
0:36 David: Well everybody knows about the solar panels, right? Those are what goes on your roof to make the electricity. Then there’s also what’s called an inverter, it’s basically a piece of electronics that basically converts the sun power in to home power—electricity that’s compatible with the home. Then we like to talk about our racking system, and we’re the only company in Hawai’i that uses the UniRack Sun Frame system on all of our installations. Then there’s what protects that roof penetration where the racking connects to the roof. Depending on what type of roof you have, I have an asphalt shingled roof, there’s a 12 by 12 anodized aluminum flashing protecting that roof penetration. If you have tile, standing seam, there’s a different method of attaching and protecting that attachment point that we use on all of our installations.
1:23 Trini: That’s important, because you don’t want things leaking, you don’t want the panels to fly off.
1:27 David: That’s right. So we’re here it’s a beautiful sunny day in Hawai’i nei, and most people they think about solar and they think about a beautiful sunny day, well RevoluSun, we think about a terrible, rainy, windy day, and what’s gonna happen to our solar systems then. So we’ve put a lot of thought into the other system components to make sure your panels don’t fly off, that that roof penetration is not going to leak and cause expensive damage later. So a lot of thought has gone into how we assemble the system at your home.
1:55 Trini: Okay, well that makes the home owner feel a lot better too. Now tell us a little more about the installation, what makes your installation, RevoluSun’s installation different from other companies?
2:05 David: You know, after you’ve consulted with one of our project developers, we have a project manager come out to the house to do an initial inspection. So we get up into your attic, he’ll check your rafters to make sure they’re in good structural condition. He’ll get up on your roof, measure, make sure everything is gonna fit, and then the boys will show up. We do layout first, and that’s where we put those roof attachments in, and the flashing, whatever mechanism is gonna protect that roof penetration from leaking. Then we come up, we put on the rails—and that’s that UniRack Sun Frame system—and they’re in the process of dropping in the panels as we speak. Then the electricians come out last, they wire it all in, install the inverters, turn it on. You’re almost good to go at that point, we’ve got inspections and everything by Hawaiian Electric to deal with.
2:50 Trini: See up until this point I thought, oh this is easy peasy—installation is so easy, but it’s not.
2:58 David: No, well, it’s not exactly rocket science, but there is different things that we do that make it a higher quality installation. It is a regulated industry so we do have to coordinate with the city and county who does and inspection to make sure everything is up to code, and then also with Hawaiian Electric, who gives us the ultimate approval to turn that system on.
3:17 Trini: Okay, so I’m guessing it’s pretty important to find a solar system that you can trust.
3:22 David: Yes! I think lately, you know it hasn’t been real easy being in the solar industry, those of us that are still successful and doing this everyday, are the ones that have a lot of experience. We’ve actually installed over 6,500 photovoltaic systems here in Hawai’i, we’re very proud of that, there’s probably no roof type or installation trickiness that we haven’t seen before.
3:47 Trini: Now, I’m gonna put you on the spot here Dave, but you work at RevoluSun and you’re only now getting solar? What’s the story behind that?
3:54 David: So my wife and I, we bought this house about a year and a half ago, it was October of 2014, and as soon as we signed the paper work I submitted my application, it took thirteen months for us to get approval, and then we, you know, we did a lot of stuff in the house, which we’ve seen on other shows. Part of it was doing a reroof, so we’re getting it done now finally. But I had to wait just like everybody else.
4:15 Trini: Alright, well thank you so much. I know for people that may be watching this segment going, you know I better do it now because time is running out.
4:23 David: It is, yeah so the current program, the grid supply program, which is kind of like the new net metering, we think we’ve probably got until maybe the end of September until that fills up. So you know, two folks out there, one they’ve got their grid supply application in and they have conditional approval: let’s get your system built so that you can start enjoying the savings. For those that haven’t gone through the application process, let’s get your application in because that program is gonna fill up and you don’t want to miss out on this opportunity.
4:50 Trini: Alright David, thank you very much.
4:51 David: Thank you, Trini.
4:52 Trini: Once those new bills come in and you see how low it is, it feels good.
4:56 David: Yes!
4:57 Trini: It does.