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Alternative Energy Resources, Inc. was referred to me by a trusted friend and neighbor. At that time, I had already interviewed three other companies and was frustrated by their lack of knowledge, experience, and lack of detail in the proposals I received. Steven was in the middle of a large commercial project, but took the time to stop by and then come up with a detailed proposal. He spent all the time it took for me to understand the system and the process for connection. He also took the time to respond to every call or email in a very timely manner.

The process of getting a solar energy system installed is delicate because the power company is basically your adversary, and will try to put up roadblocks. As the process progressed, I was so thankful I chose Alternative Energy Resources, Inc.  Steven is a seasoned international businessman, and is able to navigate the approval process as a knowledgeable and tough advocate. I now have two systems installed, and they have completely covered my need for power, and cut my enormous electric bills to almost nothing. Barbara is extremely knowledgeable about the tax end of solar, and prepared a detailed tax folder for me to hand to my accountant. The entire process could not have been easier for me, and I could not be happier with my system. My caveat is to choose your solar company very carefully.

Nicole Goc, Esq.

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Mr. & Mrs. K

The workers at Alternative Energy are prompt, courteous and informative. When the workers come inside, they are considerate of your home.

Receptionist was helpful and very pleasant to talk to. She is quick to return calls.

The owner is friendly and sincere. His paperwork is organized and information is given is clear and factual.

Waihung Cheng, Cheng’s Chop Suey House – Hilo, HI

Alternative Energy Resources (AER), Inc. installed a 30kW (120 panels, 120 micro inverters) photo voltaic (PV) system on my restaurant roof. The restaurant roof is small, almost flat and populated with blowers, abstractors and air conditioners, leaving very little space to install PV panels. They created pathways between the PV panels, which cover the entire roof surface, so that all other equipment is still accessible. Prior to installation, AER prepped the roof with GacoRoof to correct damage and prevent further issues with rust and leaking.

The installation was done in a short time without interrupting my business.

All aspects of the installation, from design, permitting, HELCO and installation, were handled in the most professional, courteous manner.

The office staff and installation crew were very proficient and polite. I was kept informed during the entire process.

AER’s design and power production calculation has proven to effectively handle my energy needs, thus greatly reducing my power bill. I have also had a PV system installed at my home.

Deb and Rick Scrivens

We highly recommend Alternative Energy Resources. From the start to finish of our PV installation, Steve and Barbara and their staff exceeded our expectations. We think they are highly skilled and trustworthy.

Of all the contractors we contacted, Steve was the only one to show up promptly. Barbara had endless patience with walking us through the steps, explaining and re-explaining the process, and pushing to get the system installed quickly. Their installation team was wonderful, and one young man took time to find a way to improve the installation and fit all of the panels onto the optimal side of our roof.

Our system has been up and running for a week and we are generating more power than we are using. This is ideal, as we plan to add a freezer and a hot tub to our electrical load. We have also been pleased with Wendy’s follow up to make sure our system is running properly.

In short we are very pleased with the service we received from Alternative Energy Resources.

Brian & Lynn

Steven Fainsztien & his great crew did a wonderful job on our photovoltaic system. Our experience with Steve has been more than pleasant. I called him one day for a quote and he showed up the very same day. We provided him with some information and he came back with a proposal. It was very concise and easy to understand. He took his time explaining every step and never failed to answer
any questions we had. Steve took care of everything. He really exceeded my expectations. He and his crew are very knowledgeable, accommodating, friendly and their workmanship is outstanding. Fast!!

We feel very fortunate and extremely happy that he had my system up and running in 3 months. Trust me, if you have any interest in a solar or photovoltaic system, “PLEASE”, give Steve a call. Even if it’s only for a consultation or a quote, he will provide you with rock solid information with no obligation. I’m so glad I called Steve…a friend for life! Just meeting this man is truly a blessing and if you do get to meet Steve, you will probably feel the same way we do. So, give him a call and hear for yourself. We have no regrets.
We truly believe that you will probably not meet a more honest & sincere person than Steve.

Thank you very much from the bottom our hearts! Steve, God Bless you and your crew. Please keep up your excellent work!

Paula Thomas Gotshalk

Alternative Energy Resources, Inc. Your Solar Company, is truly your solar company.

We just had a full photo-voltaic system installed and we are just thrilled to be generating our own electricity. And working with Alternative Energy was a smooth, easy, absolutely no–stress process for us. Amazing.

Run by Steven and Barbara, Alternative Energy Resources, Inc. has incomparable technical expertise (Steven has been doing this for over 30 years) and fabulous customer service (Barbara is just the most service-oriented, organized, hands-on customer relations person you’ll ever want to work with). She is so knowledgeable about the lease vs. outright purchase pros and cons; the permitting process; how things will work; what to expect; and so good at coordinating all the parties involved. Barbara walked us through the process every step of the way, worked with our schedule, and took care of everything that was necessary. Superb service.

Her staff is professional, polite, focused on their work, friendly and considerate and a joy to interact with.

If you are interested in taking advantage of the current federal and state tax breaks for the installation of photo-voltaic systems, or you want to start to “go green” by installing a solar water heater (we have one of those, too), THIS IS YOUR COMPANY.

I am so thrilled with my system, knowing that I have solid, top-notch equipment which I can monitor myself (AER monitors it every day as well). It’s expertly installed (not every company understands the subtleties of good installation, be advised); and Steven implored us to take care of the roof underneath our panels so that the roof will last as long as the system so we have no worries there. [We opted for the GacoRoof coating which was a reasonable and practical solution to long-term life of the roof.]

If you are looking to install a solar system, or even just thinking about, don’t wait another second. Call Alternative Energy Resources, Inc. and get the process started.

Sommer Tokihiro

Attached is a scanned copy of the survey I completed on your services. We are VERY HAPPY with our solar system and really enjoy working with you guys. We will be calling you soon to schedule installation of the second phase of panels. Please feel free to use us as a reference in terms of potential future customers. We are more than happy to answer questions that people might have and let them come by the house to look at our set-up.

Thanks again!

Keith Kato, Executive Director – Hilo, HI

Over the past two year Steven Fainsztein with Alternate Energy Resources has installed three photovoltaic systems for our senior housing projects here on the Big Island. The projects ranged in size from 14kW DC to 25 kW DC and consisted of 56 to 100 panels.

In all cases we found Steven to be price competitive, diligent, and the work was carried out efficiently. If there were any follow up questions or concerns Steven responded quickly.

We do not hesitate to recommend his company for photovoltaic installations, in fact we have a fourth contract in the works with his company for a 40kW system.

If you have any questions about this please contact me at ph. 969-1158x l05.

Chick & Jean Aby – Pepeekeo, HI

Steve Fainsztein and Yurek Chodak made the whole process of replacing my HELCO energy bill with solar power unimaginably easy. From the estimate of our requirements to the finished product they performed in the Hawaiian manner with respect and aloha.

Steve and Yurek kept us informed as to the process and progress the entire time and were always there to answer questions. From the signing of the contract (9/20/2013) to finished installation (11/13/2013) only took 54 days. The HELCO approval and building permits took most of that time. As soon as the approvals were granted the installation crew arrived and in 2 days we were generating solar power.

Our system is comprised of 32 LG 290w panels with Enphase micro inverters attached to each panel. We can see, on an almost real time basis (5 minute delay), what our panels are doing at any time of the day through the internet or my local area network . Amazingly enough, we have over produced each month since installation. This is due in part to the unseasonally sunny weather but the panels are producing more than similar systems in the area base on real time data from those systems on the enphase web site.

In my humble opinion, Alternative Energy Resources Inc is the best choice I could have made for my energy needs and they are definitely at the top of their industry for customer service and pricing…did I mention they beat KumuKit’s price!

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HELCO got you down?

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