The Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas received a $215,657 rebate from Hawaii Energy on Thursday, the largest check cut for a Maui business installing energy-saving equipment.
A ceremony was held at the resort to mark the rebate given for $385,353 in energy-saving improvements made by the resort.
Brian Fitzgerald, spokesman for Hawaii Energy, said this is the largest rebate presented to a Maui business since Hawaii Energy formed in 2009. Hawaii Energy is a statewide ratepayer-funded conservation and efficiency program administered by the company SAIC under a contract with the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission. Hawaii Energy offers cash rebates and other incentives to residents and businesses to help offset the cost of installing energy-efficient equipment.
The resort's energy-efficiency retrofit included replacement of more than 9,500 incandescent lamps with energy-efficient LEDs, which reduce electricity use for lighting by more than 80 percent.
The property also added a control system that monitors the carbon monoxide levels in the garage and operates the ventilation exhaust fans only when needed. This reduces fan operating times and energy consumption related to garage ventilation by more than 99 percent.
The project will save the resort an estimated 1,914,958 kilowatt-hours of energy annually, a third of the electricity the property purchases from Maui Electric Co. each year. This is equal to $608,956 in savings, based on $0.318 per kwh.
Estimated payback for the project is less than six months, after the incentive, the news release about the rebate said.
"We will continue our powerful commitment to transform the resort and its services into a greener operation that will help reduce the impact of business activities within the environment and move toward a long-term goal of carbon reduction," said Angela Nolan, general manager of The Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas.
In addition to rebates, Hawaii Energy conducts education and training for
residents, businesses and trade allies to encourage the adoption of energy conservation behaviors and efficiency measures.
For more information, go to the website www.HawaiiEnergy.com.