Installed with 161 Mitsubishi Electric panels and ABB micro-inverters,
TLCG meets federal ITC solar tax credit deadline
The Limtiaco Consulting Group (“TLCG”) was recognized as a 2014 Hawaii Green Business with the assistance of Hi-Power Solar. Hi-Power Solar installed 161 Mitsubishi Electric photovoltaic (PV) panels for TLCG, a civil and environmental engineering firm, to achieve Kualike-Level Certification.
The federal ITC solar tax credit is scheduled to sunset at the end of 2016. And, while the State of Hawaii solar
tax credits do not have a sunset date at this time, businesses in Hawaii are hurrying to purchase commercial solar systems. TLCG is one such company, having purchased its photovoltaic system nearly two years before the end of the federal tax credit.
“As civil and environmental engineering consultants, TLCG believes the environment is a precious resource and should be cherished and respected. In 2013, TLCG purchased our building and immediately looked into making our new home environmentally friendly. TLCG was recognized as a 2014 Hawaii Green Business with the installation of Mitsubishi Electric PV panels by Hi-Power Solar,” said Ian Arakaki, PE, principal, TLCG.
Arakaki was especially impressed with Hi-Power Solar’s attentive service. “Ron, Cruz and the rest of the Hi-Power Ohana team were open and responsive throughout the entire bidding, permitting, construction and warranty process. It has been a pleasure working with Hi-Power Solar and we thank them for helping TLCG become better stewards of the environment,” said Arakaki.
The Mitsubishi Electric solar panels were selected by TLCG primarily because of their precision manufacturing, corrosion resistant design, cost effectiveness and reliability. Mitsubishi Electric uses lead-free solder in its solar panels, which is safer for health and the environment.
“Micro-inverters have several advantages over string inverters. They allow individual control of the panels’ output and offer module-level maximum power point tracking (MPPT), reducing efficiency loss in a variety of challenging conditions,” stated Cruz Romero, general manager, Hi-Power Solar.
Hi-Power Solar encourages businesses and residential customers in Hawaii to take advantage of the federal and state tax credits before the federal sunset date. Hi-Power Solar offers its commercial clients’ employees attractive discounts on residential PV, solar hot water systems, solar pool heaters and battery (grid-tied and off-grid) systems.
Hi-Power Solar is a fully licensed contractor (ABC license #30844) and authorized dealer of Mitsubishi Electric solar panels.
The Limtiaco Consulting Group, Inc. is the consulting entity established by Felix B. Limtiaco, a former Director of the Department of Wastewater Management of the City and County of Honolulu. Now in its seventeenth year of operations, TLCG has grown to include an outstanding blend of complementing civil and environmental engineers, water resource planners (including wastewater reuse), environmental planners, certified construction managers, certified wastewater treatment plant operators, GIS analysts, and CAD/graphic artists. The company is powered by eleven licensed civil engineers registered in the State of Hawaii and has five engineers who are LEED accredited for new construction by the Green Building Certification Institute. The company’s clients include state, county, and federal agencies, private-sector developers; privately-owned utilities; architects; and other consulting firms.