In a project to reduce on-site energy consumption, the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC) and SolarCity have teamed up to create one of the largest photovoltaic (PV) systems on Maui. Installed earlier this month, the project has nearly 2,000 panels and an output of 463 kilowatts.
The installation is just one project in a multi-faceted environmental plan that was enacted five years ago. Other initiatives in the plan include high efficiency equipment, use of biodegradable products and a comprehensive recycling program.
The solar panel system was installed by SolarCity, a green energy company with 24 operational centers in Hawai'i and the Mainland. The MACC project marks their first major installation in the state. It was provided free of charge, allowing the MACC to enjoy reduced energy costs and consumption.
"This installation will meaningfully reduce our energy costs and contribute to a more sustainable environment by significantly reducing our carbon footprint," said MACC President and CEO Art Vento.