Energy Efficiency Pays Off for The Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas

Posted July 26, 2012

HONOLULU, July 26, 2012 — Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa joined public and private sector leaders today as Hawaii Energy, the conservation and efficiency program for Hawaii, Honolulu and Maui counties, presented The Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas with a check for $215,657. This incentive is the largest received to date by a Maui business from Hawaii Energy.

“When it comes to our energy use here on the beautiful island of Maui, we must work to conserve and live more efficiently,” stated Mayor Arakawa. “Our dependence on foreign oil is one of our greatest liabilities, and it is going to take all of us working together to mitigate this. I applaud the team at The Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas for leading by example, and doing their part to help us become more energy independent.”

The ceremony was held in recognition of extensive energy efficiency measures that The Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas recently completed. The four diamond resort’s energy efficiency retrofit included the replacement of over 9,500 incandescent lamps with energy-efficient, ENERGY STAR® qualified LEDs, which reduces electricity use related to lighting by over 80 percent. The property also added a control system that monitors the carbon monoxide levels in the garage, operating the ventilation exhaust fans only when needed. This reduces fan operating times and energy consumption related to garage ventilation by over 99 percent.

“This dynamic partnership with Hawaii Energy is providing numerous benefits to both our organization and the island of Maui,” said Angela Nolan, General Manager of The Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas. “We will continue our powerful commitment to transform the resort and its services into a greener operation that will help reduce the impact of business activities within the environment and move towards a long term goal of carbon reduction.”

The $385,353 project will save The Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas an estimated 1,914,958 kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy annually, a third of the electricity the property purchases from the utility each year. This is equal to $608,956 in savings, based on $0.318 per kWh. Estimated payback for the project is less than 6 months, after the incentive.

“We are excited that The Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas took advantage of one of our many existing offers to help bring such a large project to fruition,” stated Ray Starling, Hawaii Energy Program Manager. “At Hawaii Energy, our core mission is to educate, motivate and incentivize electric utility customers interested in adopting energy conservation and efficiency measures to save electricity and reduce Hawaii’s dependence on imported fuels. I hope that everyone, both businesses and residents alike, will follow Westin’s lead and become more energy-efficient today!”

The Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas utilized in-house engineering team personnel, as well as contractors 21st Century Lighting and Clear Blue Energy to implement the work.

About The Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas
Commanding the pristine North Ka'anapali Beach, The Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas has unquestionably achieved an elevated level of innovation through various sustainability efforts and energy conservation programs. Spearheaded by resort associates (employees), the Sustainable Council is one of the key initiatives undertaken at the beachfront resort towards becoming environmentally-friendly. A few of the best practices include Make a Green Choice program enabling the resort to conserve energy and water; Styrofoam Elimination; Green Housekeeping program to increase indoor air quality, Waste Minimization, Recycling and Organic Waste Management to divert minimum 20 percent of its trash from the landfill, Sustainable Menus to promote healthy eating habits and its Green Transportation program. Visit westinkaanapali.com.