The family-owned construction company has focused on the island’s renewable energy sector for 15 years.
“It’s very important for Hawai’i to get away from fossil fuels,” says Nathan Wood, owner of Nathan Wood General contractor.
Born and raised in Kaua’i, Wood has always had an interest in renewable energy. He worked for the Ministry of Defense in energy management before starting his own construction company, a field in which his father also worked.
“I took my passion for renewable energy and turned it into a business where I could help people save money and create more sustainability for the islands,” he says.
The company provides solar photovoltaic systems, Tesla products such as batteries, electrical contracts and construction services. “We always focus on green building practices, incorporating energy management and energy efficiency,” he says.
The company has been voted Best Solar Business and Entrepreneur for nine consecutive years by The Garden Island newspaper’s annual Best of Kaua’i competition. Wood attributes this to the company’s long-lasting relationships with its customers.
“We’re here for the long haul, not just for installation. People appreciate our responsiveness and our willingness to provide quality service, quality equipment and quality maintenance.
Nathan Wood General Contractor also offers apprenticeships and internships to local high school and HU students. They’re “young people who want to learn,” says Wood, who also studied at UH, “and we share the knowledge.”
The business has been impacted by the pandemic and recent severe flooding, but has kept its team employed throughout.
“Support local businesses,” says Wood. “We are really local; our team and staff are all based in Kaua’i. Our core values are to take care of our employees and our customers for the long term. We are deeply rooted in making Hawai’ia a better place to live, work and play.