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Hawaii company celebrates 20 years of helping businesses save energy

August 11, 2014 - 8:34am

Energy Industries Corp. is celebrating 20 years of helping Hawaii’s businesses save money by saving energy.

At the age of 19, Darren T. Kimura founded Energy Industries in 1994. Originally named Energy Conservation and Management Hawaii, the company provided energy efficient lighting solutions for Hilo businesses. In 1995, he moved its corporate offices to Honolulu and expanded to Maui and Kauai. During this time the company worked on designing and installing efficient lighting systems for Hawaii airports, community colleges and businesses.

In 1998, Kimura and Duane Ashimine founded Pacific Energy Services Co., an energy technology business which designed and installed some of Hawaii’s most novel energy systems that included fuel cells, cogeneration, thermal ice energy cooling, commercial scaled photovoltaic and solar thermal hot water systems.

In 2005 the company acquired Quantum Lighting of Spokane, Wash., Quantum Energy of Seattle, and Energy Distribution of San Francisco, and combined Pacific Energy Services Co. under the brand Energy Industries Corp. Under Energy Industries Corp. the business expanded nationally.

Over the past two decades, Energy Industries has performed work for more than 4,000 business including Hawaii companies First Hawaiian Bank, Hawaiian Host and Kuakini Health System, major consumer brands including Kendall-Jackson, and national installations for clients such as Boeing, FedEx and AutoNation. With its diversified client base, Energy Industries performed work across the United States, Guam, Palau, Philippines and Japan.

“Born and raised in Hawaii, it was always a goal of mine to help Hawaii’s businesses be more efficient to compete with mainland companies. To serve clients on a national stage seemed like nothing more than a faraway dream,” said Kimura. “I’m truly amazed at what our incredible people have done over the past 20 years. To see that today we’ve become one of the go-to companies for energy knowledge nationally is simply awesome.”

Over the course of its work, Energy Industries has accumulated numerous awards and distinctions including Hawaiian Electric’s Trade Ally of the Year, National Service Firm of the Year by the Small Business Administration, Technology Company of the Year, and recipient of numerous energy awards from Pacific Gas and Electric and Avista Utilities.

To celebrate its 20th year, the company is unveiling a new corporate logo, and a new division called Energy Industries Corporation Capital. Under this division, Energy Industries will provide 100 percent financing for qualifying energy efficiency clients. Under a structure known as Shared Savings Program, clients will use a portion of their energy savings to pay for the project requiring zero up front capital. The savings are also guaranteed to eliminate risk for the end customer.

“We want everyone to achieve energy efficiency and EIC Capital enables this requiring zero upfront cost to reduce operating cost which enhances the bottom-line profitability” said Duane Ashimine, president of Energy Industries. “EIC Capital’s Shared Savings Program allows clients to acquire new energy technologies such as LED lighting, HVAC chillers and solar panels from the energy they save.”

To learn more about Energy Industries visit energy.Industries, call 877-499-6868 or email