Expansion of California-Based Solar Company to Hawaii Expected to Employ Up to 100 Workers

A second major solar energy company is now revving up its operations to harness the sun’s power in the Aloha State, where homeowners and businesses pay some of the highest electricity bills in the country.

San Mateo, Calif.-firm SolarCity has opened a 19,500 sq.-ft. warehouse in Mililani, O‘ahu, and hired 35 local residents; it expects to hire 55 to 65 more workers this year. The company installs photovoltaic (PV) systems at no cost to customers, then charges for the use of its systems at a long-term fixed rate. Specifically, it offers homeowners, businesses and non-profit organizations a single source for solar power design and engineering, financing, installation, insurance, monitoring and repair services.

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