EnSync Energy Systems, a developer of distributed energy resources, signed a 20-year power purchase agreement with the Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) for a 396-kW PV and inverter system.The PPA will reduce the facility’s kWh rate, bringing an estimated savings of $43,000 in the first year alone to the Oahu tourism property in Laie, Hawaii.
The PCC, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, was established to preserve and portray the cultures, arts and crafts of Polynesia, while providing employment opportunities for the thousands of students attending the adjacent Brigham Young University – Hawaii. The island villages, commercial kitchen, dining areas and theaters generate significant energy demand on the grid, and tie into even larger energy loads as part of a network of organizations sharing a campus. To meet this high energy demand, EnSync Energy will install solar arrays on three different building roofs on the PCC grounds.
“We are delighted to be associated with the world-renowned Polynesian Culture Center, an impact-conscious organization well known for educating nearly 700,000 visitors per year on the cultures of the Polynesian nations,” said Brad Hansen, CEO and president of EnSync Energy Systems. “This solar project is just one example of the customized advanced energy systems we develop for our customers. EnSync Energy’s strategy for this project is to upgrade the existing infrastructure and deliver the highest value of energy today with a strong foundation for future electrical options. We are excited to be partnering with PCC on their energy needs through this installation and by the prospect of exploring opportunities for future projects together.”
The onsite solar project enables PCC to generate energy to meet the organization’s needs. PCC’s solar project positions the nonprofit as a leader, bringing localized energy infrastructure services that will support the area’s energy resiliency and connected infrastructure.
Following EnSync Energy’s recent announcement of signing PPAs that will save more than $33 million in electricity over the term of the agreements, the PCC solar project builds on EnSync Energy’s momentum in Hawaii as a leading DER provider.
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