The 480 solar modules atop the JWCC, span nearly 12,140 square feet.
A blessing ceremony was held on December 2 for the installation of a photovoltaic (PV) system for the J. Walter Cameron Center (JWCC) in Wailuku, Maui. The system was installed by GreenPath Technologies, Inc., a native Hawaiian owned and operated renewable energy solutions provider.
“GreenPath Technologies engineered one of the most advanced PV systems available today for (the JWCC).” Says Briand Achong, president and CEO of GreenPath. “Utilizing PV integration, contracting and turnkey resources, JWCC now has a comprehensive solution to (its) long-term renewable energy needs.” Achong says the nonprofit center should see an immediate reduction in its operational costs, allowing it to focus more on its charitable objectives and resources.
The system includes 480 high-efficiency, solar modules covering nearly 12,140 square feet of the center’s roof. According to Achong, the 110,400 kilowatt CD PV system will provide one-fourth of the building’s annual electricity needs.
GreenPath also arranged a power purchase agreement (PPA) to finance the cost of the system through Sunforce Solutions International-1 (SFSI), a Hawaii-based solar energy finance company. “Since JWCC is a nonprofit agency, they were unable to take advantage of the tax incentives, and the operation and maintenance required for (this) system. We are happy to assist with the financing by designing a 20-year PPA, which enabled JWCC to install a state-of-the-art PV system without any investment,” says Craig Hunt, SFSI CEO. “As long as the sun continues to shine, the JWCC has a risk free, lower cost source of predictable energy for the life of the PPA.”
It is estimated that the system will generate a savings of 35 percent in electricity costs during the PPA term.
The system also will reduce emissions each year equal to approximately 123,733 pounds of coal, 317,887 pounds of carbon dioxide, 1,069 pounds of sulfur dioxide, 458 pounds of nitrogen oxide – equivalent to 24,441 trees planted, 387,086 miles not driven, and 9,471 days of automobiles not driven, according to Achong.
Cesar Gaxiola, executive director of the JWCC, ways, “Although our building is nearly 30 years old, this state-of-the-art PV energy system is a huge upgrade and will better serve the people of Maui with a facility that is energy efficient for at least the next 20 years. It’s also a great way to demonstrate environmental awareness and responsibility and sets high standards for our future generations.
GreenPath Technologies also provided a sustainable Energy Star-rated cool roof installed by Commercial Roofing & Waterproofing Hawaii, Inc. “We always consider building and roof integrity while designing a PV systems for our customers,” says Achong.
From left: Cesar Gaxiola, JWCC executive director; Maui County Mayor Charmaine Tavares; Danny Mateo, chair of the Maui County Council; Clyde Murashige, board of directors president for JWCC; and Briand Achong of GreenPath.