The charity and its California-based installer, REC Soar, celebrated at Foodbank’s Oahu warehouse as the system went online.
In its first year of operation, the nearly 300-kW platform is predicted to save the nonprofit agency $41, 041 in energy costs – equivalent to the purchase of more than 102,000 meals, the Honolulu- based Foodbank told the local news outlet.
“This new technology will reduce our energy costs significantly and also will allow us to serve more hungry families while also contributing to a more sustainable environment on Oahu,” Hawaii Food Bank CEO Gerald Shintaku said, according to Hawaii News Now, which also covered the celebration.
The shift to clean energy is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 9,841 tons.
In 2011, the Maui Food Bank, an affiliate of the Hawaii Foodbank, installed a 103-kW solar roof, comprising 336 SunPower T5 Solar Roof tiles that was expected to cover 100% of the bank’s energy needs and save $50,000 annually.
Albuquerque, Houston, and Hillside (New Jersey) also have solar roofs on their local food bank facilities.