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Hurricane Hits Hawaii Massive Wind-Damaged Roofs

Fullmer Brothers Construction

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99-1183 C Iwaena St.

Aiea, HI 96701

Phone: (808) 518-3306

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Solar Attic Fans

Here’s How To Save Big Money On Your Energy Bill In Hawaii…

Keep your home cooler with a Proper Ventilation

Heat and moisture are your enemies when it comes to your home. But just because you can’t see them doesn’t mean they are not there hiding in your attic and causing damage. Solar Star Attic Fans neutralize moisture and drive out heat, keeping your home cool in summer and protecting it from harm during the winter.

Our large selection of sizes, power ratings and aesthetic finishes makes our solar panels ideal for use in homes, businesses and warehouses. The high-quality construction of  our solar panels guarantees that, year-over-year, you will receive reliable power generation, allowing a greater return-on-investment. Further, we have all the expertise available to take your project from start to finish with as little hassle as possible.

If you’d like to understand more about Solar Fans and see if they can reduce your energy bill, you can contact Colin James at 808-518-3306.


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Hawaii’s Energy Tax Credit Ends December, 2016

Hawaii’s tax credit for solar ends in December, 2016.
Now is the best time to look at the energy costs for your home. With our very expensive electricity costs, upgrading to solar can save you a small fortune.

Last DSIRE Review: 10/06/2014
Program Overview:
State: Federal
Incentive Type: Personal Tax Credit
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Solar Water Heat, Photovoltaics, Wind, Fuel Cells, Geothermal Heat Pumps, Other Solar-Electric Technologies, Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels
Applicable Sectors: Residential
Amount: 30%
Maximum Incentive: Solar-electric systems placed in service after 2008: no maximum
Solar water heaters placed in service after 2008: no maximum
Wind turbines placed in service after 2008: no maximum
Geothermal heat pumps placed in service after 2008: no maximum
Fuel cells: $500 per 0.5 kW
Eligible System Size: Fuel cells: 0.5 kW minimum
Equipment Requirements: Solar water heating property must be certified by SRCC or a comparable entity endorsed by the state where the system is installed. At least half the energy used to heat the dwelling’s water must be from solar. Geothermal heat pumps must meet federal Energy Star criteria. Fuel cells must have electricity-only generation efficiency greater than 30%.
Carryover Provisions: Excess credit generally may be carried forward to next tax year
Start Date: 1/1/2006
Expiration Date: 12/31/2016
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Date Enacted:
Date Effective:
Expiration Date:
26 USC § 25D
8/8/2005 (subsequently amended)
Authority 2: IRS Form 5695 & Instructions: Residential Energy Credits

Established by The Energy Policy Act of 2005, the federal tax credit for residential energy property initially applied to solar-electric systems, solar water heating systems and fuel cells. The Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008extended the tax credit to small wind-energy systems and geothermal heat pumps, effective January 1, 2008. Other key revisions included an eight-year extension of the credit to December 31, 2016; the ability to take the credit against the alternative minimum tax; and the removal of the $2,000 credit limit for solar-electric systems beginning in 2009. The credit was further enhanced in February 2009 by The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which removed the maximum credit amount for all eligible technologies (except fuel cells) placed in service after 2008.

A taxpayer may claim a credit of 30% of qualified expenditures for a system that serves a dwelling unit located in the United States that is owned and used as a residence by the taxpayer. Expenditures with respect to the equipment are treated as made when the installation is completed. If the installation is at a new home, the “placed in service” date is the date of occupancy by the homeowner. Expenditures include labor costs for on-site preparation, assembly or original system installation, and for piping or wiring to interconnect a system to the home. If the federal tax credit exceeds tax liability, the excess amount may be carried forward to the succeeding taxable year. The excess credit may be carried forward until 2016, but it is unclear whether the unused tax credit can be carried forward after then. The maximum allowable credit, equipment requirements and other details vary by technology, as outlined below.

Solar-electric property

  • There is no maximum credit for systems placed in service after 2008.
  • Systems must be placed in service on or after January 1, 2006, and on or before December 31, 2016.
  • The home served by the system does not have to be the taxpayer’s principal residence.

Solar water-heating property

  • There is no maximum credit for systems placed in service after 2008.
  • Systems must be placed in service on or after January 1, 2006, and on or before December 31, 2016.
  • Equipment must be certified for performance by the Solar Rating Certification Corporation (SRCC) or a comparable entity endorsed by the government of the state in which the property is installed.
  • At least half the energy used to heat the dwelling’s water must be from solar in order for the solar water-heating property expenditures to be eligible.
  • The tax credit does not apply to solar water-heating property for swimming pools or hot tubs.
  • The home served by the system does not have to be the taxpayer’s principal residence.

Fuel cell property

  • The maximum credit is $500 per half kilowatt (kW).
  • Systems must be placed in service on or after January 1, 2006, and on or before December 31, 2016.
  • The fuel cell must have a nameplate capacity of at least 0.5 kW of electricity using an electrochemical process and an electricity-only generation efficiency greater than 30%.
  • In case of joint occupancy, the maximum qualifying costs that can be taken into account by all occupants for figuring the credit is $1,667 per 0.5 kW. This does not apply to married individuals filing a joint return. The credit that may be claimed by each individual is proportional to the costs he or she paid.
  • The home served by the system must be the taxpayer’s principal residence.

Small wind-energy property

  • There is no maximum credit for systems placed in service after 2008.
  • Systems must be placed in service on or after January 1, 2008, and on or before December 31, 2016.
  • The home served by the system does not have to be the taxpayer’s principal residence.

Geothermal heat pumps

  • There is no maximum credit for systems placed in service after 2008.
  • Systems must be placed in service on or after January 1, 2008, and on or before December 31, 2016.
  • The geothermal heat pump must meet federal Energy Star criteria.
  • The home served by the system does not have to be the taxpayer’s principal residence.

Significantly, The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 repealed a previous limitation on the use of the credit for eligible projects also supported by “subsidized energy financing.” For projects placed in service after December 31, 2008, this limitation no longer applies.


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Shaky Hawaii Energy Grid

You could lose power if this happens…

Hawaii leads the nation in rooftop solar penetration, with nearly one in nine customers, a total of about 51,000, tying their PV systems into the state’s island power grids. About three-fifths of those Hawaiian solar systems use microinverters from Enphase, the company that leads the market for DC-to-AC devices that sit at the solar panels themselves, rather than in one big box next to the power meter.

That adds up to more than 800,000 Enphase microinverters in Hawaii, each networked to the company’s cloud-based monitoring and control systems, ready to do things beyond simple solar-to-grid power conversion. This week, Enphase is unveiling the latest use of this installed capability: reprogramming its Hawaiian microinverter fleet en masse, to help Hawaiian Electric ride through solar-influenced disruptions on the edges of its power network.

Specifically, Enphase and Hawaiian Electric have reset the frequency and voltage ride-through settings of the microinverters, which govern how and when they trip offline when grid fluctuations arise. Standard settings for low-voltage ride-through (LVRT), however, can make the original disruption worse if it leads to a majority of the solar being supplied to a solar-heavy circuit to shut off all at once.

Enphase has expanded the range of circumstances under which its inverters will trip offline, as well as extending how long each inverter waits for disruptions to correct themselves before switching off, Enphase CEO Paul Nahi said in a Monday interview.

This is the kind of basic “smart inverter” functionality that Germany has already introduced for its solar-impacted grid. In the United States, Hawaii and California are the furthest along in putting together advanced inverter features to be included in new solar installations.

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Could Hawaii’s Solar Power Rates Triple?

The sun is shining on Hawaii’s solar power plans. The state has been a leader in solar power installations, but rooftop solar panel kits are set to hit unprecedented numbers. Here’s what the sunny state has planned, along with NextEra Energy‘s (NYSE: NEE  ) and SolarCity Corporation‘s (NASDAQ: SCTY  ) plans to soar alongside.

Hawaii’s solar situation
Hawaii has the nation’s most expensive electricity. It relies on imported fuels for more than 90% of its total energy, pushing prices up to an average $0.34 per kWh (kilowatt hour) for 2014 (most recent data, prices through November), compared to $0.11 per kWh for the nation. Imported oil currently accounts for around 71% of Hawaii’s electricity generation, followed by 16% from coal and 13% from other renewables.

Those expensive prices have given solar a competitive edge. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), wind and solar in Hawaii are “economically attractive alternatives, especially as their technology costs have come down in recent years.” Between 2010 and 2014, solar capacity has soared across Hawaii’s main islands.

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Solar Panels

Most Common Types of Solar Panels

For the past 10 years, solar power has not been considered to be helpful since for some people, their benefits are implausible. But today, the concept of solar energy has hit its tremendous place. Since coals and fossil fuels are experiencing limited supply and are consumed much sooner, photovoltaic — a branch of technology that concerns on electric current — utilizes solar energy in the form of solar panels in homes as an alternative source of electricity.

It is no secret that the time solar panel is first launched to the market, many residential and commercial customers who want to generate their electricity with solar power are discouraged mainly for the reason of hefty upfront cost. To mitigate this issue, solar installers and developers generated the concept of providing solar power without requiring the customer to own a solar electric system. As a result, more and more households are considering the use of solar energy.

Types of Solar Panels

There are different types of solar panels and as a buyer, you might be confused which one best suits your taste. The following are the most common types of solar panels:

Monocrystalline silicon (mono-silicon or single silicon). This type of panel has a slice cut form of solar cells that is purely drawn in crystalline silicon bars. Monocrystalline silicon panels work best during bright sunshine as the cells are aligned in a particular direction causing the rays of light to gleam on them in a perfect angle.

Polycrystalline silicon (multicrystalline, multi-silicon, ribbon). This type of panel is formed into a perfectly squared wafer. The alignment of the blocks is helpful for the cell to work better from light at all angles as well as in low light. As compared to Monocrystalline, the installation process of polycrystalline solar panels is simpler and cheaper. In addition, the amount of waste silicon is less compared to Monocrystalline.

Hybrid Panels. Hybrid panels have thin layers made from amorphous solar film. This is the most efficient panel available to date as they occupy lesser space on your roof.

Black Frames and Black Backed Panels. Black frames are composed of completely black panels with a black backing behind the cells to give a much better appearance on traditional cottages with dark coloured tiles or with slate roofs.

Thin-Film Solar Cells (TFSC). Perhaps, the major boon in installing thin-film solar cells type is it is cheaper to manufacture than crystalline solar cells. Also, it is flexible to many types of potential applications. TFSC  has the following components:

Amorphous Silicon (a-Si) Solar Cells

Cadmium Telluride (CdTe) Solar Cells

Copper Indium Gallium Selenide (CIS/CIGS) Solar Cells

BIPV (building integrated photovoltaics). BIPV looks like a real roofing tile but they are less efficient and expensive compared to traditional solar-powered roofs.

Solar hot water (thermal) panels. This type of solar panel has nothing to do with electricity. Solar hot water panels work by producing hot water for homes which in turn provide a heat-and- air conditioning system.

Tips To Buy the Best Solar Panel

Before investing in solar panels, check the cost, the panel quality, temperature coefficient, light conversion efficiency, embodied energy, durability, warranty, longevity, size, watts, and types of solar cell used.

All in all, the following are the major points you should bear in mind when selecting solar panels for your home:

1. Consider the manufacturing process and the materials used.

2. Cite some reviews on how solar panels work in real situations.

3. Determine warranty and free-services for the panels.

4. Review reputable companies, like Hawaii Metal Roofing Supply, that have successful records in manufacturing solar panel products.

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Green Roofing

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Discover the Greenest Roof for the Planet – Interlock Roofing

Made from up to 95% Recycled Materials, Interlock is a leader in Green Roofing. The materials are also 100% recyclable aluminum, however because this Interlock Roof is a permanent roof, you’ll likely never, ever need to replace it.

By comparison, asphalt roofing is a considerable problem for the environment. Every year in America, hundreds of millions of pounds of asphalt roofing enters the dumps as toxic waste.

We can eliminate the need for putting the asphalt roofing in the landfills because in most cases, we can install the Interlock Aluminum roof right over top of the asphalt roofing.

If you’re concerned about the planet and how we’re affecting it, perhaps you should consider Interlock as your preferred choice of roofing for the planet.

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Why Aluminum is the Best Roof for the Hawaii

What is the best roof for Hawaii and the extreme tropical weather conditions?

There are many choices for roofing and all the options can be confusing. Asphalt, cedar roofing, clay tile roofing, steel roofing and aluminum roofing are the most common options.

The first thing that comes to mind for most homeowners is “What will it look like?” A more important question would be to consider what will the roof look like in a few years after it’s been exposed to the intense UV light and salt air conditions we experience here in Hawaii.

Take a close look around your neighborhood and see how most roofing materials will fade, peel, crack, collect moss, mildew and algae. The majority of roofing products will be discolored within 5-8 years.

The Interlock Aluminum Roof has been embedded with Dupont Teflon and is resistant to moss, mildew and algae build up. It’s also warrantied against color fading, peeling, cracking or chipping.

How will your roof last in a windstorm?

Many roofs will not withstand intense tropical winds. The recent storms in Kailua had gusts of 100 mph which literally tore off hundreds of roofs on the island.

The Interlock roofs have been tested to 165 mph in Dade County Florida.

Will it rust?

Unlike steel roofing, the Interlock roof is not prone to rusting because it is made of Aluminum.

Fire resistance

Fire safety is a matter of concern for every home owner. If you choose the aluminum roofing, you need not have to worry as this can protect you and your family from extreme weather conditions and a catastrophe like fire. A Class A fire rating is available on the Interlock Aluminum Roofs.

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