May 13, 2011
HONOLULU www.RevoluSun.com – Hawaii's leading solar energy firm, RevoluSun, took home top honors last night as Hawaii's BEST NEW BUSINESS during Pacific Edge Magazine's Fifth Anniversary Fete. The Hawaii-based firm beat our scores of other companies in business for three years or less, to prove it is Hawaii's best new business.
"RevoluSun is Hawaii's fastest-growing provider of residential solar solutions. In less than 18 months, we've taken the lead in a relatively crowded market, designing and installing more residential photovoltaic projects in 2010 than any other company," said Todd Georgopapadakos, RevoluSun Principal.
“RevoluSun is Hawaii’s fastest-growing provider of residential solar solutions. In less than 18 months, we’ve taken the lead in a relatively crowded market, designing and installing more residential photovoltaic projects in 2010 than any other company,” said Todd Georgopapadakos, RevoluSun Principal. “In 2010, RevoluSun’s total revenue was $25 million. This rapid growth has been fueled by an unmatched customer experience, from a creative marketing strategy to generate awareness and positive brand recognition to a commitment to customer satisfaction that creates ‘RevoluSunaries’, not just customers. I’m so pleased to accept this award.”
RevoluSun’s community and marketing efforts also demonstrate a sincere desire to create a cleaner, smarter, fossil-fuel free Hawaii. Its free solar educational seminars provide attendees with information on how solar works, the various panel makers and options, choosing the best system for your needs, federal and state tax incentives and solar investment opportunities. In an effort to encourage others to join the green movement, the company’s creative advertising include catch phrases such as “Join the RevoluSun” and “I’m a RevoluSunary,” and features existing customers. RevoluSun also developed a referral program that rewards current customers for referring other RevoluSunaries.
Commitment to customer service
Nearly all of RevoluSun’s customers (94 percent according to a recent SunPower corporation survey) would recommend the company to their friends and family because of its superior customer service. No other solar installation firm in Hawaii can match this.
“From the initial contact, RevoluSun prides ourselves on focusing on the customer, working to build a system WITH them, tailored for their specific home and their specific needs,” said Mark Duda, RevoluSun Principal. “With our detailed knowledge of federal and state tax incentives, our team of professional project developers guide the homeowners through the financing and rebate process, making installing a solar system simple, easy and efficient.”
RevoluSun continues to demonstrate its dedication to customer service with fast turnaround on customer inquiries, a company-wide focus on customer satisfaction, and a post-installation site inspection program. Using RevoluSun’s proprietary software, RISE, project developers design a custom system unique to each homeowner, location, budget and energy needs. By applying their extensive knowledge of federal, state and local incentives, RevoluSun project developers also work with homeowners to fully maximize their share of these incentives.
Partnerships with top companies
RevoluSun also provides the highest-quality solar systems by teaming up with top partners, like SunPower and other leading suppliers, using only the most-efficient, clean quality and premium components and installation methods for each project.
RevoluSun has a proven process that puts best practices from nearly 1,000 solar energy installations into each and every customer’s individual project. Unlike other companies clamoring to get into the solar industry, RevoluSun uses only highly qualified project professionals, with SunPower-certified developers, NABCEP-certified designers and installation teams who undergo 450 hours of extensive solar training before setting foot on a roof.
In 2010, RevoluSun partnered with SunRun, a company that provides solar service for as little as $0 down, making solar affordable for all Hawaii homeowners. With SunRun, homeowners pay a pre-determined and fixed amount for the solar electricity produced by the system, protecting them from unpredictable rate increases for the life of their service agreement. SunRun takes complete care of the system, including monitoring, repairs, and insurance, as part of the 20-year service plan. RevoluSun is the only solar firm in the city of Honolulu chosen to partner with SunRun.
Robust community education initiative
RevoluSun also provides a robust community education program aimed at educating homeowners on how solar works and what tax incentives are available through its free solar education series and solar open house programs. The company began hosting free educational seminars on Oahu in 2010, and most recently expanded these free seminars to Maui and Hawaii Island. In addition, solar open houses take place on a weekly basis around Oahu and allow attendees to see a live solar system in action, and talk to local homeowners to learn more about their experience in designing and installing a solar system on their specific roof. At each open house, RevoluSun’s knowledgeable energy specialists are on-site to answer any other questions that attendees may have. RevoluSun has held more than 275 solar open houses since 2009.
“Since our start-up phase, RevoluSun has prided itself in giving back to the community,” said Eric Carlson, RevoluSun Principal. “Last year we were a significant sponsor of the Hawaii State Science Fair, `Aha Punana Leo, Surfrider Foundation, Team Hawaii/ New Zealand’s women’s paddling crew, and the official solar sponsor for the Kokua Festival for a total investment of $50,000. We also designed and installed off-grid solar PV systems on Habitat for Humanity homes on Molokai and will be continuing this support in 2011.”
RevoluSun has worked on renewable energy education with a number of schools including Aina Haina Elementary, Aiea Middle School, and the Honolulu Waldorf School. Currently, RevoluSun is working with the Kokua Foundation to develop a turn-key curriculum making solar energy exciting for junior high students. RevoluSun hopes to develop this curriculum and work with Kokua Foundation to offer it beginning this fall to local intermediate schools interested in augmenting their science courses to include photovoltaic energy.
In addition, RevoluSun Principal Mark Duda also spends countless unpaid hours as a leader in the formulation of Hawaii’s energy policy. His roles include President of the Hawaii Solar Energy Association and Co-Chair of the Hawaii Energy Policy Forum’s Renewable Energy Working Group. He was also named a member of the State of Hawaii’s Economic Development Task Force and is a member of the Hawaii DLIR’s Steering Committee for Renewable Energy Workforce Development.
In February 2011, RevoluSun expanded its service to Maui and Hawaii Island, bringing its high-quality, affordable products and experienced professionals to neighbor island residents. It currently has $3 million in sales lined up on the two islands.
Most recently, RevoluSun announced plans to franchise its operations on the Mainland, becoming the first photovoltaic company in Hawaii to do so.
“We’re thrilled to be honored as Hawaii’s BEST NEW BUSINESS and we look forward to continuing our growth and support of Hawaii’s move toward a clean energy future,” Georgopapadakos said.
RevoluSun is Hawaii’s leading solar provider, designing and installing more residential photovoltaic projects in 2010 than any other company. Providing the highest quality of service, technology and design in renewable energy, RevoluSun is bringing cleaner, smarter energy to communities, one rooftop at a time. With its extensive network of alternative energy partners and detailed knowledge of federal and state tax incentives, RevoluSun makes renewable solar energy an affordable, attractive option for both homeowners and businesses.
Hawaii-owned RevoluSun offers free, understandable energy evaluations to its residential clients, which allow for customized systems based on each home’s unique energy needs. RevoluSun also provides a robust community education program aimed at educating homeowners on how solar works and what tax incentives are available through its free solar education series and solar open house programs. For commercial and government projects, RevoluSun is pioneering new models in renewable energy that provide maximum value, expertise and service, while ensuring its client’s structure the best possible business models to take advantage of local renewable energy opportunities. For more information about RevoluSun visit www.RevoluSun.com or call 808.748.8888.
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