HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The roof of the Hawaii Food Bank warehouse is now covered in solar panels that could save the organization millions in electricity costs in the coming years.
A new solar array was installed and blessed at the Honolulu facility.
The Hawaii Food Bank's switch to solar energy is expected to save the nonprofit about $41,041 in energy costs in the first year of installation alone. The savings are expected to jump to about $2.1 million over the next 25 years.
"This new technology will reduce our energy costs significantly and will allow us to serve more hungry families while also contributing to a more sustainable environment on Oahu," Hawaii Food Bank President & CEO Gerald Shintaku said.
About 12.8 million pounds of food was delivered on Oahu and Kauai in 2016 through the Hawaii Food Bank.
The shift to clean energy is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 9,841 tons.