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Independent Energy Hawaii

Independent Energy was founded upon a core belief that customers wanting to go solar needed a more transparent, fair, and, most importantly, a simpler way to go solar. We strived to create a company where installations are done by highly qualified and caring people, a transparent and educational sales practice, and a commitment to provide the best after-installation support possible. With Independent Energy, we turned this dream into a reality. These examples drive us to be a company that, to put it simply: “does the right thing”
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We're a locally owned and operated electrical contracting company deeply dedicated to your solar dreams. Specializing in solar installations, smart home upgrades, and system maintenance, our passion makes us the ultimate partner for anyone's solar journey. With 100+ five star reviews and counting we have solidified ourselves is the highest quality service provider in the state.
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Reasons Why You Should Work With Us
  1. 100+ Five Star Reviews and Counting. We have a proven track record of customer satisfaction and care. We pride ourselves on being the highest rated team in the islands.

  2. 30-Year Solar+ 20-Year Battery Monitoring & Warranty. We offer the best-in-class warranties on all of our installations. Roof penetrations, inverters, manufacturer insolvency, monitoring and truck rolls are all included in our comprehensive offering.

  3. NABCEP certified since 2009. Enphase Gold Installer, Tesla Powerwall Certified, REC Pro Certified Installer. Work with the experts. Work with solar professionals that are in the industry to benefit the community, not just the bottom line.

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Yes we do! We work with local credit unions and nationwide lenders alike to find you the best financing options possible. Our team goes through great lengths to be transparent about our financing options so that our customers can make informed choices.
Using your current HECO bill, and conducting an in-depth site survey of your home, we're not just building a solar system; we're crafting an energy solution that's tailor-made for your unique lifestyle. With these essential insights, we can provide you w
Your potential savings depend on several factors, including your current energy consumption, system size, local incentives, and more. To get a precise estimate tailored to your lifestyle, reach out to us for a personalized consultation. We'll help you fin
Solar panels can indeed boost your home's value. The extent of the increase depends on various factors, including your location, the size of your solar installation, and local real estate market conditions.
"Think of a battery system as your safety net for your energy needs. Batteries can provide backup power, help offload higher expensive electricity rates during the day, and be used everyday with no maintenance, not to mention tax credit eligible when pair
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Solar Photovoltaic Systems Energy Storage Main Panel Upgrades and Smart Home Upgrades 20yr Battery and 30yr Panel/Inverter Warranty.

Services Offered

  • Installation
  • Financing
  • Architecture
  • Energy Auditing
  • Construction
  • Electrical Contracting
  • Solar Repair & Maintenance

Pacific Business News Best Places to Work 2023' Hawaii Business Magazine Best Places to Work 2024' Independent Energy’s Founder: James Rudolph began his solar career as a master electrician in 2008. From the beginning: creating a family business was the dream. This dream came to fruition when he joined forces with his son Desta Rudolph in a partnership that combines extensive industry experience with cutting-edge technology and tools. Both Rudolph’s came into Independent Energy with industry experience which is leaned on when it comes to creating the highest quality installation and service for our customers. We are now a company of over 20+ people ready to provide the best solar installation experience possible.

Anuhea Amian, Project Developer
Sean Dagan, Project Manager
Jenesis Makanani, Marketing Director
Justin Banaga, Service Manager
Adam Guzman, Vice President
Desta Rudolph, President
James Rudolph, Founder

Associated financing companies

Workmanship Warranty

30yr Roof, Panel, Inverter and Workmanship Warranty
20yr Battery Warranty


NABCEP PVIP #091209-155
NABCEP #PVA-101323-015561


Workmans Comp
Commercial Liability Insurance
Umbrella Policy


Enphase Gold
SolarInsure Certified
NABCEP Certified
Tesla Certified Installer
Maxeon Preferred Installer
1% Pledge
SPAN Certified Installer
Solar Power World Top Solar Contractors 2023
Generac Pwrcell Certified

Industry Certifications

Manufacturer Certifications

  • Certified Solar Professional
  • Gold Installer
  • Powerwall Certified Installer
  • Solar Insure
  • Sungage Financial Certified Partner

What Customers Are Saying

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The Company That Got My Back

After thoroughly researching various companies, my family settled on Independent Energy, a local company. We were convinced by their competitive pricing and transparent approach during the consultation. Upon completion of the entire process, we were extremely pleased with our decision to choose Independent Energy. They were extremely thorough from their office to the field, providing explanations that exceeded our expectations. During the installation process, we encountered challenges related to our pool system conflicting with electrical codes. While other companies assured us this wouldn't pose a problem, Independent Energy initially highlighted the issue and guided us through the necessary steps to address it. Ultimately, their assistance proved invaluable during the inspection, as it became evident that we might have struggled to pass without their help. If We appreciate their dedication and support, and I am genuinely satisfied with the outcome of our installation.

Posted by thenw on Apr 22, 2024
Excellent Service

Seamless from consultation to installation. The team was incredibly knowledgeable and took the time to explain the benefits of solar energy. All of my questions regarding solar were answered confidently. They showed their efficiency and expertise throughout the process. Overall, I highly recommend IEH to anyone considering solar energy. Their expertise, professionalism, and dedication to customer satisfaction make them stand out in the industry.

Posted by lavina.seandaniel on Apr 22, 2024
Truly Exceptional Service Experience

Working with Independent Energy Hawaii was the best decision I made. They made everything smooth and easy to understand. From the exceptional Solar Consultants who provided us with the best quotation options for our home, to the project manager who handled the approvals with HECO and DPP, and to the installation team who executed the installs flawlessly, every step was handled with expertise. Their team was very hands-on and knowledgeable about solar system installation. Their exceptional service didn't end after we got PTO; they continue to provide support whenever there's a question post-installation. If you're interested in going solar, don't think twice and choose Independent Energy Hawaii!

Posted by sandiegojanicac on Apr 22, 2024
Solar Review

Amazing local team to work with. From the first consultation appointment to the final installation of my system everything was precise. The whole process was smooth and it was very easy for me to reach out to them with any questions.

Posted by terryanuhea on Apr 22, 2024
Solar made simple!

Overall, they are true to their motto - Solar Made Simple. The sales reps were more concerned with ensuring I understood my system rather than pushing to get me to sign a contract. I opted to get the Enphase 5P for safety reasons and the good track record it seems Enphase has with solar. The installation was very smooth and I have not had any issues with my system. Truly satisfied with this experience as a whole.

Posted by on Apr 18, 2024
What Solar is all About!

My system was installed by another contractor in which we did not have a great experience with post install. My system was showing signs of underproduction and overall did not seem like it was working to its full potential. We tried to call our old contractor to get some servicing completed but was not getting anywhere with them. I was able to get in contact with Independent Energy Hawaii and it was a seamless transition on taking my request, presenting a solution and scheduling to get this issue completed in no time. The staff is friendly and also made it easy from beginning to end. I highly recommend anyone to go with Independent Energy Hawaii for any solar needs and solutions. Mahalo!

Posted by jennbanaga on Apr 18, 2024



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  • HI