Construction is now underway for a renewable energy upgrades that will move us closer to our goal of being powered by 100% renewable energy!
We are installing a 148 kW solar PV system plus 244 kWh of energy storage from EnSync Energy Systems and have also signed a 20-year power purchase agreement with EnSync. The project has the capability to export power to the grid in the future.
The installation will also include technology that assesses external variables such as weather forecasting, served load requirements and market price signals to model energy pricing in real time.
In addition to the PV and energy storage system installation, we have undertaken numerous energy improvements including conducting an investment grade lighting audit, installing LED lights, making parking lot improvements and upgrading our facility space to be more energy efficient.
In past years, the JWCC was using approximately 800,000 KWh, of electricity. By 2017 that number was reduced to 560,000 KWh per year. By the end of 2018, our goal is to reduce energy usage by an additional 50,000 KWh which would mean the center would be running off of 75% renewable sources.
“Our goal has been to address the functional needs of our site and serve mission to improve Maui and support the nonprofit organizations that call the JWCC home,” said JWCC Executive Director Cesar Gaxiola. “The money we will save by going green will allow us to continually improve our facilities and offer low cost services to Maui’s nonprofits. It’s a win for the planet as well as a win for the people.”