PUBLISH DATE: 22-AUG-2016
Wailea, Maui, Hawai’i Monday, August 22, 2016
On Tuesday, August 23, 2016, Fairmont Kea Lani will hold a Power Up Celebration and blessing to mark the completion of the photovoltaic installation project. The 500 kilowatt, 1,528 panel solar installation generates 845,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, enough electricity to power 139 homes on Maui. The project is expected to reduce the resort’s current energy demand by more than 10% and reduce CO2e emissions by 462 metric tons of CO2e annually. This reduction in CO2e emissions is the equivalent of removing 97 passenger cars from local roads per year.
“Fairmont Kea Lani’s commitment to social responsibility is deeply ingrained in the culture of the resort” explains Fairmont Kea Lani General Manager, Charles Head. “We are extremely proud to take a major step towards reducing the overall footprint of Fairmont Kea Lani with this important energy initiative and successful installation of our photovoltaic system,” 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.
Fairmont Kea Lani is committed to responsible tourism practices and sustainable hotel management. Created in 2001, Fairmont Kea Lani’s Sustainability Team is comprised of leaders and colleagues dedicated to proactively “greening” operations and cultivating an enduring connection to the land and community. The Sustainability Team to date has launched over 50 environmental initiatives 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 use. 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.
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 the $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.
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