The ideals of energy independence have been well-established for centuries now, reflecting our innate desire for the beauty and preservation of nature and our own inherent, personal freedoms.  Henry David Thoreau helped to advance the ideas of independent living and self-sustainability in the mid-1800s with the publication of Walden, his treatise on transcendental living in…

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You’ve heard a lot about them, probably seen them on the streets, and spotted those brand new charging stations popping up around Maui and Moloka’i…but are you truly in the know about electric-powered cars and what exactly they do? Electric Vehicles (EVs) are vehicles that utilize one or more electric motors for their movement, utilizing…

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surfboards beside the path in the yard

Human beings have relied upon the power of the sun since the dawn of mankind, benefitting from its energy to help grow our food and to sustain us with oxygen from photosynthesis. In specific, the earliest recorded examples of harnessing solar energy for a specific task stretches back to the 7th Century BC, in which…

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green leaves in a maui landscape

Aloha! I kēia lā, we’d like to share a bit about the SunPower Corporation and their innovative Maxeon™ Solar Cell technology, which has been helping to lead the way towards solar-based energy solutions in the United States and all across the globe. WikiWiki Solar and Energy is proud to be a SunPower Certified Elite dealer,…

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sunrise on haleakala

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about previously unforeseen challenges, many of which were all but unimaginable in the recent past. Here in Hawaii our kama’aina have been uniquely impacted by the virus and its ramifications due to the loss of revenues tied to the local tourism industry. Despite the many hardships that our island residents…

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hawaiian green sea turtle

There’s no two ways about it: Hawaii is one of the most-expensive places to live in the United States. With a cost of living that’s 92.9% higher than the US average, our kama’aina know the value of a dollar and how to make each one of them count! Perhaps nowhere is this idea more powerfully…

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view across forest up haleakala

You’ve heard a lot about the power of solar energy these days, and have seen those panels popping up on rooftops from Lahaina to Hana and everywhere in between. It sure would be nice to find out more, but where to begin? Energy costs have been skyrocketing on our islands for decades, and you’d love…

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road to hana cliffs

So you’ve decided to go solar! It’s a good call, what with the amount of sunshine we have to work with here in paradise. On average, the sun shines in Maui County over 276 days per year, guaranteeing solid yields year-round for your new photovoltaic solar-powered system. But all systems are not created equal, nor…

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tropical sun and palm

The sun. Ka la. The center of our solar system, its power is truly something to behold (just ask any tourist who forgot the reef-safe sunscreen back at their hotel during their first day at the beach). The islands of Hawai’i typically receive over 3,172 hours of sunlight annually, providing all living organisms with the…

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