The Hawaii Foodbank and REC Solar have celebrated the installation of a new solar array at the nonprofit’s Oahu warehouse. REC Solar says the 296.7 kW solar system is estimated to save the Hawaii Foodbank about 463,742 kWh of energy in the first year – equivalent to the purchase of over 102,000 meals, feeding 93 people daily over the course of one year.
“We are proud to have such a large-scale solar installation at the Hawaii Foodbank,” comments Gerald Shintaku, the nonprofit’s president and CEO. “This new technology will reduce our energy costs significantly and will allow us to serve more hungry families while also contributing to a more sustainable environment on Oahu.”
According to REC Solar, Hawaii Foodbank’s new solar system is projected to save the nonprofit about $41,041 in energy costs during the first year of installation and approximately $2.1 million over the next 25 years.
“It is an honor to be involved in a project where solar power is being used to offset operational expenses and will ultimately help provide more meals for those in need,” says Alan Russo, senior vice president of sales and marketing at REC Solar. “We are proud of our work with the Hawaii Foodbank, and we look forward to continuing our tradition of providing green energy solutions to other local organizations.”