Reducing energy costs adds to the “bottom line” of every organization. This is especially important for non-profits like Hawaii’s Maui Arts and Cultural Center, which serves 260,000 people every year. MACC worked with SolarCity to install a system that is expected to meet 60% of the facility’s power needs. With the SolarCity Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), MACC didn’t have to pay for the equipment or installation. Instead, they pay for the power the panels produce, at a rate that’s expected to be lower than electricity from the grid. As a result, the return on investment for the
project was immediate.
The 463 kW system is expected to save more than $90,000 each year. The savings means MACC has more funds to allocate for music and theater productions, hula, ballet, taiko drumming, children’s art programs, storytelling and more.
To help celebrate its new solar system, MACC staff performed a traditional Hawaiian blessing, with remarks from former Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie, Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa and Maui County council members.
Nearly five years ago, MACC established a plan to improve its environmental performance. The center initiated a recycling program, began using biodegradable products and upgraded to higher-efficiency equipment. The new solar system dramatically reduces the facility’s energy consumption and reliance on electricity from the grid.