About Us

ponchos solar servicePoncho's Solar Service was established in 1988 as a licensed solar contractor, license number C-25358 and C-14526. The Safranca Ohana have been installing solar water heating systems in Hawaii since 1979 and have over 30 years experience in Hawaii.

Poncho's Solar Service provides professional installation, sales, service and repair in Oahu (Honolulu), Maui & Lanai, Island of Hawaii, and Kauai.We have been in the solar industry 30 plus years! We provide high quality workmanship and we have built an excellent reputation in the solar and construction industry.

Poncho's Solar Service is a member of the Better Business Bureau, the Building Industry Association and the Hawaii Solar Energy Association.

Contact us for a free no obligation estimate on a solar water heating system, or a solar photovoltaic electric system on your home.

Company Background:

Mr. Sanfranca founded Poncho's Solar Service in February 1988 serving Hawaii Islands.

  • Awarded most hot water systems installed in 2002, 2006, 2008, and 2009.

  • Continually awarded for best inspection passing rate by Hawaii Energy Program.

  • Installed Large-scale commercial condominium project, Kai Makani, Kehei, Maui.

  • Installed commercial systems at Wongs Meat Market, Summer 2010 and Makiki Apt, Winter 2011.

  • Front runner in installing PV battery backup systems since 2001.

  • Installed 20MW+ of grid-tied systems since 2008

  • Voted 1st place "Best Solar Company" in Star Advertisers Peoples Choice Awards, 2011, 2012, 2013

  • A+ Rating from Hawaii Better Business Bureau.

Key Personnel:

President Mr. Corpuz Sanfranca, Subject Matter Expert (SME) 35 years Industry experience in Solar Energy.

  • Subject Matter Expert (SME) in providing installation of Solar energy and hot water and pool heating systems.

  • Contributing Expert Authority and Board Member, Treasurer, and President of Hawaii Solar Energy Association since 2004.

Chief, Professional Engineer Bahman Kheradpey, P.E., S.E.

Assignment: Civil and Structural Engineering

Experience: 35 years

Education: B.S. Civil Engineering, University of Hawaii 1982, College of Eastern Utah, 1977

Registrations: 1997 Structural Engineer, Guam No. 1134, 1995 Structural Engineer, Hawaii No. 7384, 1995 Structural Engineer, Arizona No. 29369, 1992 Civil Engineer, Guam No. 946, 1991 Civil Engineer, Hawaii No. 7384


  • Over 30 years of experience in structural and civil engineering design of large residential and commercial projects in Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, as well as most of the Pacific Islands.

  • Areas of expertise include design of schools, colleges, wastewater infrstructures, bridges, and residential subdivisions, as well as custom homes designed in wood and steel.

  • Strong technical local knowledge of structural behavior for the type of soil present on the islands and dealing with water tables present on most of the foundation systems in the low elevation areas. Extensive expertise in design of structures on prestressed piles as well as smaller micro-piles for unstable soil conditions. Experience knowledge in design of sheet piling and use of teremie concrete to be poured in the salt water to block water penetrations and foundation preparations in the water table.

  • Design experience in use of new products for use in structural systems such as extra light pre-cast concrete members useful for insulation as well as sound barriers for noise.


Tom Hindmarsh, VP Research and Development

Mr. Hindmarsh oversaw all aspects of strategic engineering and technical management for sustainable energy solutions at previous organizations.

  • Prior to joining Ponchos Solar, Mr. Hindmarsh was Director of Research and Development at Sopogy, a solar systems manufacturer.

  • Mr. Hindmarsh was with INTEL as a strategic technology manager with world wide responsibility. Mr. Hindmarsh performed facilities technology design and automation. His scope schedule and budget responsibility for this $750 million per year program was essential to the technology roadmap of the semiconductor industry.

  • Additional experience includes large scale design and CM of DC power and solar PV implementations, ranging from 30KW to 1MW in New Mexico and Hawaii. His R&D engineering experience ranges from geothermal systems integration for the Los Alamos down Hole project while at EG&G to performing as an engineering lead in an extensive alternative energy project in Kona Hawaii.

  • As director at PRI Automation Mr. Hindmarsh was responsible for high value manufacturing automations completed at plants worldwide. Mr. Hindmarsh was a member of the executive staff with strategic planning responsibility during the transition of PRIA to a publicly traded company.

  • Mr. Hindmarsh has combined his technical training in EECS with an MBA to achieve best in class returns on investments as an international strategic manager.

  • He is a member of the SRCC rating board advisory committee and has driven the SRCC. He is also active in the newer SRCC rating and certification for solar A/C systems.

Alternative Energy Patents:

  • Components and Solar Energy Collection System 13/374. 670

  • Components and Solar Energy Collection System 61/430, 334

  • Tracker Control Module 61/530, 803

  • Tracker Control Module 61/470,041




Switch to solar and save 30%-50% on your electric bill every month plus take advantage of the Federal Tax Credit of 30%, the State Tax Credit of 35%, and the utility rebate of $750.

These rebates are still in effect in 2010 and are subject to change. Please contact us for rebate information.

Poncho's Solar Services Include

  1. Sizing as well as best in class panel and inverter selection
  2. Expert installation
  • Solar Thermal Water Heating Systems
  1. New Tanks
  2. Panels
  3. Controls
  4. Photovoltaic pump systems
  5. Expert installation

Poncho's Expert Solar Installation Team



Testimonials and Awards

To Harness the Sun, Poncho's the ONE!

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Awards from Hawaiian Electric

Ponchos Solar Services has been awarded the top solar installation business for the year 2008, and 2009. ...

Poncho's has A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Hawaii

The Better Business Bureau of Hawaii has given Ponchos Solar Services the highest or A+ rating. ...