Commercial Services

Commercial Services

As pioneers in the solar industry since 2008, we’ve witnessed the transformative power of solar energy firsthand. When it comes to investing in a solar power system, we understand that environmental benefits alone aren’t enough – the numbers have to align.

Picture this: a solar panel array that not only contributes to a greener planet but also slashes the average business owner’s energy costs in Hawaii by a remarkable 25%. Imagine the impact on high-usage businesses such as hospitals, universities, agriculture, and industrial manufacturing – a return on investment in as little as 6 years is not just a possibility; it’s a reality.

At Independent Energy Hawaii, we don’t just stop at presenting options. We dive into the intricacies of your payback period, ROI, and tax advantages, ensuring that the solar system we design is not just environmentally sound but economically proficient too.

With a legacy dating back to 2008, Independent Energy Hawaii stands ready to rise your business by taking control of its energy costs. Our expertise goes beyond mere installation – we help you navigate the intricacies of clean power generation onsite at your facility. Lower your energy costs, fortify against outages, and embrace the peace of mind that comes with committing to clean energy. Discover a solar solution that works for your business.

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Reasons People Like You Trust Us for Their Installation and Servicing

So many homeowners around the state come to us and trust us with their residential solar panel installation – but so have countless businesses and organizations with their commercial solar panel installation!

Not only do we offer installation on any type of building – we even can come out and service your existing panels if need be. We can reinstall, remove, clean, optimize – you name it, we can help.

When starting Independent Energy back in the day, we saw an abundance of sketchy, immoral practices going on.

We set out to change the narrative around solar businesses. If you’ve heard horror stories about these types of solar businesses or even worked with one yourself in the past – you know what we mean.

That’s why when you work with us, you can expect fairness and transparency from start to finish. We rely on a quick, data driven process that makes going solar incredibly straightforward. You’ll know exactly what you can expect from us, and your investment, before you pay a penny.

There is no doubt going solar requires a substantial investment. But you don’t have to pay it all up front at once.

Most businesses and organizations – and even homeowners – end up financing their solar panel system.

Instead of wondering how you’re going to secure financing and dealing with exorbitant interest rates at the bank, we can help you achieve funding that works for you so you don’t have to delay your installation or take out a second mortgage.

Our loan terms vary greatly so you can find one that works for you. With terms ranging from 10-25 years and interest rates as low as 2.99%, what more could you ask for?

This way, you actually do end up saving money on your solar panel investment rather than spending all your energy savings paying the investment back.

How It Works

Your business is unique, and your solar power generation system should be too.

We start by analyzing your energy usage over the past year and developing systems that offset various percentages of your annual demand.

We deploy our state-of-the-art software tools and create system models that take your specific structure and location into account to generate bankable solar energy production estimates.

We then go over the projected savings, payback periods, tax advantages, and other financial aspects of each system scenario with your decision-making team.

Designed with Your Business In Mind

Here are just a few of the things we will look at with you as we design your system:

  • System type: Rooftop vs. ground-mount array. We can even do carports or other structures depending on your site and your goals
  • Battery and/or generator backup systems
  • Future expansion possibilities

Qualifying Period: Solar energy equipment that meets the criteria is eligible for a cost recovery period of five years.

Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS): Think of MACRS as a way for businesses to gradually recover the money they invested for tax purposes. This system has been around since 1986 and helps businesses by spreading out the deduction process over a set time.

Solar Equipment Category: For solar energy equipment, it falls into a special category and gets a cost recovery period of five years.

How It Works: Every year, businesses can deduct a portion of the initial investment in solar equipment from their taxes. This process is called depreciation, and it allows businesses to account for the wear and tear or decline in value of the equipment over time. Yearly Percentage Breakdown:

  • Year 1: 20%
  • Year 2: 32%
  • Year 3: 19.20% –
  • Year 4: 11.52% –
  • Year 5: 11.52% –
  • Subsequent Years: 5.76%

Note: These percentages show how much of the initial investment can be deducted each year for five years, making it easier for businesses to benefit from using solar energy.

Solar Made Simple

Once you chose to work with Independent Energy, we take care of the rest. The process from signing to the installation date is typically 2-3 months. All approvals and permits needed for the solar installation will be handled by our team of solar experts. We will be sure to keep clear communication and update you accordingly throughout the process so you know exactly what stage your solar installation is in. 

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Financing Options

Everyone can go solar! Request an estimate and ask us how we can help you finance your system.

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Status: The program is capped at 50 megawatts (MW), as of right now we are at 6.2 MW.

  • Currently customers who are accepted into the program will receive $850 per kilowatt (kW).
  • After the first 15 MW is filled, the next 15 MW of committed capacity will receive $750 per kW.
  • After the next 15 MW is used the last 20 MW of committed capacity will receive $500 per kW.

Customers that are not currently enrolled in the company’s Net Energy Metering (NEM) Program will receive a fixed monthly bill credit for energy exported to the grid for three years. The credit is an amount equivalent to the respective retail rate for electricity exported during the two-hour period. After these three years are completed any underlying interconnection tariff export rates, if any, will apply.

Customers who wish to participate with an existing solar system and are presently enrolled in a customer energy program (such as Net Energy Metering, and Grid Supply or others) will continue to receive full benefits from these programs. Up to 5 kW of new panels may be added under existing programs. There is no limit on the size of an individual customer’s battery.

If you would like to add more than 5 kW of additional capacity of PV, it is possible as long as you still adhere to a 2:1 PV to battery output ratio. These apply to any interconnection tariff customers!


“We wholeheartedly recommend Independent Energy Hawaii for all your solar photovoltaic system needs. From our initial conversations with Desta to the final inspection with James, every interaction was extraordinarily positive. The team’s knowledge, honesty, and professionalism was exceptional. The whole process was done efficiently and reliably and we couldn’t be more appreciative. Every member of the team was professional, competent, and respectful in their dealings with us.”

– Sandy L


“Easily the most professional crew I ever had the pleasure of doing business with, and I never felt alone or in the dark thanks to Desta. He helped me with all my questions and I loved the fact that he was just a phone call away. Dedication to something like that is just hard to find nowadays. This company was a breath of fresh air for me and I wish I could do such an awesome crew justice with such a simple review. 10/10″

– Hank W


“Desta, Adam, Mike, Garrison and the rest of the Independent Energy Team are amazing. They were knowledgeable, responsive and helpful throughout our whole solar process. When issues came up (as they always do with projects), they went the extra mile to make sure everything worked properly.
Our panels and battery were installed on time as promised and are working great – just got our first ever $26 HECO bill!
This company cares about helping people and doing quality work, which is very rare these days. Hands down the best experience I’ve had with a company for home improvement/renovations. Highly recommend!”

– Matcha S.