EnSync Inc., dba EnSync Energy Systems, has signed a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) in Hawaii for a 396 kW solar photovoltaic and inverter project. EnSync says the PPA will reduce the facility’s kilowatt-hour rate, bringing an estimated savings of $43,000 in the first year alone to the Oahu tourism property in Laie.
The PCC, a nonprofit organization, was established to preserve and portray the cultures, arts and crafts of Polynesia, while providing employment opportunities for the thousands of students attending the adjacent Brigham Young University – Hawaii. According to EnSync, the island villages, commercial kitchen, dining areas and theaters generate significant energy demand on the grid and tie into even larger energy loads as part of a network of organizations sharing a campus. To meet this high energy demand, EnSync will install solar arrays on three different building roofs on the PCC grounds.
“We are delighted to be associated with the world-renowned Polynesian Culture Center, an impact-conscious organization well known for educating nearly 700,000 visitors per year on the cultures of the Polynesian nations,” says Brad Hansen, CEO and president of EnSync Energy Systems. “We are excited to be partnering with PCC on their energy needs through this installation and by the prospect of exploring opportunities for future projects together.”
Photo courtesy of the Polynesian Culture Center’s Facebook page