Our Team

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Stephen Hanham

With a career of working in the many fields of new home build and renovation, Steve brings you a working understanding of your home's energy and the return on investment needs.
Steve's experience ranges from real estate sales through to design and build projects, and home automation, along with solar PV and battery storage installations. His ability to understand a home's energy and living requirements gives his customers an edge in the market when it comes to self-generation, time of use of appliances, energy storage, cheaper ongoing hot water solutions, and home heating options.

On top of his extensive knowledge, his ability to understand and to demonstrate the right solution for you and what you desire for your home energy solution, will allow you to make the right decision for your own home project.
There is an alternative to paying too much for your cost of living: it starts by contacting the team at Energy Alternatives and their Partner Network to allow them to help you move along a whole-of-home energy pathway. Start where you are and comfortably take the next step when you are ready.

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Victoria Franchi

Originally from Argentina, Victoria arrived in NZ ten years ago. She fell in love with the country and decided to stay here with her husband; now they have a beautiful family.

With more than five years of experience in the solar electricity field, Victoria has developed strong collaboration and relationship management skills, and a passion for providing a high and consistent level of service to key stakeholders, to assist sales performance and achieve results.

She is a sales support specialist with extensive experience in project managing, the end-to-end sales process, creating qualified sales opportunities, delivering profitable value and sales growth, and having a strong sense of responsibility to ensure the job gets done on time and to a high standard.
Always proactive and efficient, Victoria ensures our customers receive exceptional service.

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Dana Darwin

Dana is passionate about clean renewable energy technologies and has pioneered the integration of innovative energy efficiency products for homes and businesses since 2005 in NZ. He is an advocate of the establishment of distributed energy systems and increased community resilience, and has a focus upon lowering the financial barriers for New Zealanders who wish to take charge of their energy needs.

Having introduced the solar compatible Aquarian range of heat pump water heaters into NZ in 2013, he and his team are now launching their latest product, the all-in-one solar power and battery storage system -- the latest in solar system development, exclusive to Energy Alternatives.

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Brian Crum

Over many years, Brian’s career has been at the forefront of energy storage and sustainable energy generation within the New Zealand renewable energy industry. He has vast knowledge of battery technologies and relationships with some of the world’s leading energy storage and solar generation equipment manufacturers. Brian is dedicated to bringing the best-value renewable energy systems the world has to New Zealand, and is proud to be part of the Energy Alternatives team. Combining his experience and passion for this industry, Brian offers exceptional technical sales and aftermarket training and support for both the installation teams and the home owners.

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Ben Vroom

Ben is a Dutch mechanical-electrical engineer and a 500-Ton Ships Master who had been living on his 70-foot Lidgard ketch with his partner Ari Vanderschoot, until they arrived in New Zealand in 2020. When the couple discovered the friendly island of Waiheke, they decided to ‘swallow the anchor’ and move to shore.
In the Netherlands and Germany, Ben was working as project manager for Atama Solar Energy. In Portugal he started his own Solar company, gaining a lot of experience installing renewable energy solutions: Solar Electric, Solar Thermal, Hydro and Integrated Under Floor Heating.
With his personal experience of life at sea, and living with solar and wind-generated energy, Ben will be able to find the most efficient system for your home and/or business.

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Steve Hanham
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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.

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Steve Hanham
Position

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.