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Mission Statement

Energy Alternatives is a progressive organization providing clean, renewable sources of power generation. We provide remote, urban and industrial clients the means to save money, reduce ecological impact and realize their sustainable living goals.

Our goals are achieved through personalized consultation, design, sales and installation of sustainable living systems. As we are a small company, we are able to take the time to analyze customers' requirements and come up with an appropriate customized solution.

We want to expand our company. Through growth, we can set higher objectives, serve more people, increase our knowledge base, and further our mandate

The Energy Alternatives Story

Energy Alternatives was founded in 1984 by Melinda and Ezra Auerbach. They were living on a remote island in BC that still to this date does not have grid power and all power on the island is either provided by generators or renewable energy

The company worked hard to establish itself as "Canada's Mail Order Electricity Store" from the home office base.

Ezra and Melinda were responsible for creating the Design Guide and Catalogue, which is currently in it's 10th edition. These design guides are so popular and well distributed, we regularly get calls from people who are reading catalogues that date back to the early 1990's.

The catalogue has gone through major changes and updates as products and technology advance, but still retains the essence of the original catalogue. Information is provided in an easy to understand format, explaining how this technology actually works without getting too technical.

Eventually, due to the logistics of shipping goods from an island with sporadic private ferry services and a particularly treacherous crossing during winter storms they decided to open a storefront in Parksville, BC.

In 1995, the company was sold to Bob Mathews and relocated to Kamloops, BC and merged with Bob's existing Micro Hydro company, Appropriate Energy Systems.

In March 2000 the company was purchased by , who had been working as a dealer and installer since 1993. The company was relocated back to the West Coast, just north of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

In June, 2000 we launched the first version of our website as well as a major update of the catalogue.

In August 2003 we re-launched our new website, complete with online buying and a complete redesign to make it more user friendly.

Privacy Statement

Your privacy is important to us. We do not sell, rent, or otherwise make our customer database available to other organizations under any circumstances.

Customer information and order details are stored in a secure database that is not viewable to others.

Energy Alternatives will, from time to time, send information to clients who have requested a print catalogue. This information can include details on specials, new products, up and coming events and courses.

If you do not wish to be on this list, please and we will remove your name from the mailing list.

Business Referrals

Pacific Van & Camper Holdings Inc. For all your RV needs on Vancouver Island, BC

Rick Gustavson of Re/Max Masters specializes in island retreat real estate and recreational properties on Gambier Island, Keats Island, Hardy Island and the Sunshine Coast. Escape to these pristine waterfront acreages only 30 minutes from Vancouver BC Canada. Call Rick for all your British Columbia recreational real estate needs. Energy Alternatives has supplied power systems to many of Rick's customers.

Xantrex: Smart choice for power. Energy Alternatives is proud to represent Xantrex products.

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