Honolulu Star-Advertiser - The Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas is projected to save 1.9 million kilowatt-hours of electricity a year and cut its electric bill by about one-third as a result of energy efficiency improvements made at the Maui hotel.
The project included the replacement of more than 9,500 incandescent light bulbs with light emitting diodes (LEDs), which cut energy used for lighting by 80 percent. The hotel also added a control system that monitors carbon monoxide levels in the garage and operates exhaust fans only when needed.
Officials from the state's main energy conservation and efficiency program, Hawai'i Energy, presented the hotel management with a rebate check for $215,657 on July 26, which covered more than half the cost of the $385,353 project. The incentive is the largest to date presented by Hawai'i Energy to a Maui business.
With the price of electricity on Maui running about 32 cents per kilowatt-hour, the project is expected to pay for itself in less than six month after the rebate is factored in.