November 21, 2012
HONOLULU Seagull Schools today announced it is expects to save more than $63,000 in energy costs per year through its new photovoltaic (PV) systems at its campuses in Ewa, Kapolei, and Ko Olina that went live on October 7. Designed and installed by RevoluSun, the three new systems together generate 18,654 kW of clean energy each month, cutting the school's electric bill by one-third, and preserving the equivalent of 44 acres of forest.
"These new solar systems enhance our energy efficiency," said Chuck Larson, Seagull Schools executive director. "This project has been a another way for us to show our students how we can all protect our environment."
“As a non-profit serving Hawaii’s youth, we feel that we have a responsibility to run our organization in the smartest, most cost-effective way to ensure that the majority of our funding goes to our mission of providing a high-quality education at an affordable rate for our students,” said Chuck Larson, Seagull Schools executive director.
There were no upfront costs for the new solar systems through a leasing program.
“Sustainability and renewable energy has always been important to us at Seagull Schools,” Larson said. “Our schools were designed to be healthy places for our students and to be energy efficient. These new solar systems enhance our energy efficiency. This project has been another way for us to show our students how we can all protect our environment.”
RevoluSun designed and installed the solar system comprised of 413 LG 255 watt modules and 132 Sunpower 240 watt modules across three campuses in three months. This system will offset 7.5 million pounds of carbon dioxide from being released into the environment during its lifetime and the burning of 448 barrels of oil per year for all three systems.
“We are very pleased to partner with Seagull Schools to harness solar energy to power their schools,” said Todd Georgopapadakos, RevoluSun Principal. “Educating the public, especially our future generations, on the importance of renewable energy is a priority for us at RevoluSun. Knowing that this project will help create awareness of the importance of renewable energy to young students makes this project a special one for us.”
About Seagull Schools
Seagull Schools is a private, non-profit corporation that has been serving communities by developing and operating early education facilities since 1971. It is one of the state’s largest childcare providers, serving approximately 900 children from mixed socio-economic backgrounds. The School’s centers are located in Kailua, Ewa Beach, Ko Olina, Kapolei (2) and Honolulu, on the island of Oahu, and at the Mauna Lani Resort on the island of Hawaii. Last year Seagull was nationally recognized through the Let’s Move!, an initiative created by the First Lady to get young children on the path to a healthy lifestyle. Seagull also operates a food service program, which prepares over 1,500 meals a day and an adult day service program from its Kapolei site where 50 disabled seniors and 240 children have the opportunity to interact with one another daily. For more information visit www.seagullschools.com.
Award-winning RevoluSun is Hawaii’s leading solar provider, designing and installing thousands of photovoltaic projects generating more than 20 MW of energy. Providing the highest quality of service, technology and design in renewable energy, RevoluSun is bringing cleaner, smarter energy to communities, one rooftop at a time. With its extensive network of alternative energy partners, RevoluSun makes renewable solar energy an affordable, attractive and simple process for both homeowners and businesses. For more information about RevoluSun visit www.RevoluSun.com or call 808.748.8888.
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