PUBLISH DATE: 21-APR-2016
Wailea, Maui, Hawai’i Thursday, April 21, 2016
Fairmont Kea Lani’s commitment to responsible tourism practices and sustainable hotel management takes another leap forward with the near completion of a rooftop photovoltaic project in June, 2016. The Fairmont Kea Lani’s latest sustainability project includes the installation of 1,528 rooftop photovoltaic (PV) solar panels. The 500 kilowatt solar installation is expected to offset over 10% of the resort’s current energy demand and reduce CO2e emissions by 457 metric tons of CO2e annually. This reduction in CO2e emissions is the equivalent of 96 passenger cars or 138 homes.
“At the Fairmont Kea Lani we are committed to being socially responsible and taking care of one of our greatest resources -the environment in which we live and work,” explains Fairmont Kea Lani General Manager, Charles Head.
“Our location in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, keeps us keenly aware of our impact on the environment and the ongoing need to be good stewards of the land. The completion of our photovoltaic project allows us to take a major step towards reducing the overall footprint of Fairmont Kea Lani by harnessing renewable energy and reducing our carbon emissions,” continues Head. Fairmont Kea Lani’s photovoltaic installation project is in partnership with Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Host Hotels and Resorts, Maui Electric Company, Resort Energy Ventures as the designer and project manager and HNU Energy as the contractor.
In an ongoing effort to proactively “green” operations and cultivate an enduring connection to the land and community, Fairmont Kea Lani has over 50 environmental initiatives in place at the resort. Recent initiatives include replacement of aged laundry equipment to reduce gas, electricity and water consumption and new kitchen hood systems with sensor based fan systems to reduce electricity. Fairmont Kea Lani’s Sustainability Team has partnered with United States Fish and Wildlife Service and Department of Land and Natural Resources for the Endangered Hawksbill Sea Turtle Dawn Patrol Volunteer Program to ‘adopt’ a neighboring beach as part of an effort to support the critically endangered Hawksbill sea turtle.
Fairmont Kea Lani’s photovoltaic project is expected to complete in June, 2016.
About Fairmont Kea Lani Maui
Located on the pristine white sands of Wailea, Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui is Hawai‘i’s only all-suite and villa luxury oceanfront resort. This distinctive resort is located on idyllic Polo Beach amongst 22 acres of oceanfront tropical landscape and offers authentic Hawaiian cultural experiences and genuine personal service which embodies the spirit of aloha. In 2015 Fairmont Kea Lani Maui completed a $70 million renovation which included $7 million build of the Willow Stream Spa and $5 million re-build of the signature restaurant Kō. For reservations or more information, call 866-540-4456 or visit fairmont.com/kealani.
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts connects guests to the very best of its destinations, providing travelers with memorable travel experiences, thoughtful and attentive service and luxury hotels that are truly unforgettable. Each Fairmont property reflects the locale’s energy, culture and history through locally inspired cuisine, spirited bars and lounges and distinctive design and decor. With more than 70 hotels globally, and many more in development, the Fairmont collection boasts some of the most iconic hotels in the world, including The Plaza in New York, The Savoy in London, Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai and Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Québec City. Fairmont is owned by FRHI Hotels & Resorts, a leading global hotel company that operates more than 130 hotels and branded residential properties under the Raffles, Fairmont and Swissôtel brands. For more information or reservations, please visit fairmont.com.