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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

What's a KumuKit?

I’ve been noticing a particular lawn sign while driving around lately—for "KumuKit"—but it's taken me awhile to figure out just what a KumuKit is.

As it turns out, a KumuKit is a residential solar electricity system. If the signs had the parent company’s name—Hawaii Electric Connection—on them, they might not have piqued my curiosity. The signs for RevoluSun, Sunetric, Haleakala Solar and other more obviously named solar power companies rarely give me pause.

KumuKit offers custom and pre-engineered systems, along with a customized plan that takes your budget and available roof space into account. The custom systems can be installed all at once, or in sections over a year, while the pre-engineered system could be installed over several years.

The results, according to the KumuKit website, could greatly reduce your electric bill—from hundreds of dollars a month to $18. A handful of reviews on Yelp seem to bear that out—one Yelper says that his monthly electricity bill dropped from about $423 to $45 to $14.

Not that the drop in electric costs is unique to KumuKit. The Hawaii Solar Energy Association members include dozens of solar companies that are licensed, experienced and favorably reviewed.

According to SolarPowerRocks.com, a site that offers state-by-state information on solar power benefits such as rebates and tax credits, Hawaii’s high energy prices mean high savings and solar power likely pays off faster in Hawaii than anywhere else in the nation.

Now I’m curious which solar companies offer the best results. Feel free to chime in here or by email with reviews of all solar companies, not just the KumuKit.

Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 in Permalink

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Honolulu Real Estate focuses on the Hawaii housing market, condos and homes for sale, Hawaii rentals and general news about real estate in Hawaii. It also includes stories on apartment living, home decor and profiles.

Melissa Chang graduated from the University of Hawaii with a degree in journalism and has been blogging since 2007, mostly on food and travel. She works primarily in social media, so you can find her online @Melissa808 on Twitter and Instagram.


Jaymes Song is a real estate agent at Prudential Advantage Realty in Kahala. Jaymes is in the top 7 percent of Prudential agents nationwide. Previously, Jaymes was at The Orange County Register, Honolulu Star-Bulletin and rose through the ranks to overseeing news and operations for AP in Hawaii and the Pacific Rim. Jaymes lives in the Portlock area and loves his real full-time job of being dad to two curious kids.

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