People

Dana Darwin
Founder of Energy Alternatives

Dana is a passionate advocate for clean energy technologies and integrating innovative energy efficiency products into tailored solutions for homes and businesses. Since 2005 he has been active in the NZ solar and renewable industry, having acting as business development officer to many of the largest solar companies. He is an active member of the Solar Association, serving as Acting CEO and currently as Business Development Officer, as well as being involved with the Association’s Customer Assurance Scheme.

One of his recent successful solar initiatives is the Warm Pools for Schools program, which has installed solar heating in school pools across the country. He also belongs to and supports several industry associations including SEANZ, NZ Green Building Council, SBN and is a Trainee Homestar Assessor.

Currently, he is based on Waiheke Island where he and his partner Liz are planning to build the first 10 Homestar building in NZ. This will be a demonstration project featuring some of the latest innovations in clean technology.

Steve Hanham

Working in the solar electricity field for the past 5 Years, Steve has a practical understanding of the real New Zealand electricity demand and generation requirement. Steve is committed to efficiency  – for New Zealand and for you.  He believes every  solar electricity system should be planned for your needs rather than maximum number of panels your roof will hold, putting you at the forefront, not sales targets.

Steve joined the Energy Alternatives team in 2016, when he found the core values and the focus on the customer’s outcome were in line with his own values. Living in Raglan, Steve has a minimal footprint on the environment with an approach to living that reflects Energy Alternatives position in the market.

Prior to entering the solar electricity market, Steve’s back ground in home audio and automation systems giving him a unique understanding on how appliances work – how much power they use, the ability to change the time of use through simple automated systems and how to reduce the energy usage when using smart appliances.

Always looking to improve and searching for better ways to get the desired outcome, Steve will work for you and utilize his experience and understanding to provide you with the best options available today, plus allow you to take advantage of the future technology as it arrives to market.

Alejo Villasana

Alejo is responsible for conveying our brand communication messages, manages products logistics, oversees inventory and does admin and accounting duties as well.

As our communication manager, he’s the guardian of the company’s image, which involves creating the right messages for the right audience—in print, online and Home Shows. He develops and drafts our brand communication materials and prepares presentations as well as the appropriate methods to communicate them to the public. Works closely with management team to shape the company’s image and values, promote our mission, products and services. Responsible of developing content to be disseminated via websites, newsletters, and any other distribution channels. He ensures messaging aligns with key business strategies.

He has extensive experience in an advertising agency (Leo Burnett) and a Bachelor degree in Communications and Advertising. Worked in a Real State Agency as the Sales & Marketing Manager and have done volunteer jobs back in Argentina to assist his country’s needs.

Calvin Neeley

Calvin Neely takes pride in providing professional project management of all installations. Our turn-key approach ensures peace of mind knowing that your installation will be done professionally, to the highest standards and delivered in a timely manner.

He will keep you closely informed as to progress, immediately communicate any issues which may arise and, when your installation is completed, provide you with installation documentation, (Producer Statements) component warranties and system user guides.

We have project managed over 2500 m2 of solar installations nationwide which includes solar thermal, Photovoltaic (PV) and solar pool heating. Our network of highly trained, certified professionals is second to none and your specific requirements and type(s) of system(s) you have purchased will be great.

Calvin’s aim is for 100% customer satisfaction by ”getting it right the first time” and to determine which of the specialised installation teams we will provide to ensure a smooth, timely and professional outcome.