Hawaii Foodbank and REC Solar Celebrate Installation of New Solar Array

March 7, 2017 | Honolulu, HI for immediate release
New solar installation will save Hawaii Foodbank about $2.1 million over next 25 years.

The Hawaii Foodbank and REC Solar today celebrated the installation of a new solar array at the Foodbank’s Oahu warehouse. The 296.7 kilowatt solar system is estimated to save the Hawaii Foodbank about 463,742 kilowatt-hours of energy in the first year, which is 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,” said President & CEO Gerald Shintaku. “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.”

The 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. The Foodbank’s use of solar energy will also reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 9,841 tons and decrease the amount of water usage for fossil fuel energy production by 2,929,671 megagrams.

“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,” said 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.”

About the Hawaii Foodbank

The Hawaii Foodbank, in partnership with the food industry and community, serves as a link between charities and those in need of food assistance including the elderly, families, children and those facing financial crises each week. Last year, the Hawaii Foodbank distributed over 12.8 million pounds of food in Oahu and Kauai, including 4 million pounds of fresh produce. The Hawaii Foodbank is a certified member of Feeding America and operates as the official food bank in the State of Hawaii. For more information, visit www.HawaiiFoodbank.org or call (808) 836-3600.

About REC Solar

REC is the only renewable energy provider focused exclusively on businesses and backed by Duke Energy, one of the largest energy companies in the world. Incorporating experience from more than 550 successful commercial solar installations over 20 years, REC Solar tailors financing and technology solutions to immediately deliver bottom line savings. REC Solar makes commercial solar simple, working seamlessly with customer operations to deliver clean energy for decades. For more, visit RECSolar.com or call 844-REC-SOLAR (844-732-7652).

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