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Turtle Bay Retrofitting To Solar

Vacations ought to be guilt-free, and toward that end Turtle Bay Resort is taking major steps to give visitors to its Kahuku hotel a much greener experience by December.

In partnership with True Generation, Sol Systems and REC Solar, the resort is installing a 400 kWh solar-rooftop photovoltaic system. Considered the first rooftop installation on a major Oahu resort property, it should cut its annual energy needs by 1,000 barrels.

Big numbers are all in the game plan for Turtle Bay. The resort also plans to reduce its overall power demands by 50 percent, thanks to multiple initiatives, including retrofitting its lighting system with energy-efficient fixtures and lamps, installing new and more effective powering equipment and gauges to prevent surges and usage spikes, and creating an in-house Malama Hui task-force dedicated to reducing energy consumption.

“These conservation projects are helping us to be more ‘green’ with our operations, as we fulfill our vision for a more sustainable future of Turtle Bay Resort and contribute to the state’s goal of reaching 70 percent energy independence by 2030,” said Scott McCormack, vice president of real estate for Replay Resorts and Turtle Bay Resort.

Originally known as Del Webb’s Kuilima Resort Hotel and Country Club, Turtle Bay Resort has operated in Hawaii since 1972. Today it sits on 840 acres with 450 guestrooms and suites.

For more information, visit turtlebayresort.com.

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