Recording studio powered up with sun's energy

Published: Mar. 25, 2009 at 10:40 AM HST|Updated: Mar. 25, 2009 at 4:10 PM HST
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Bob Plotnik
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These 48 solar panels produce 7,000 watts of power
These 48 solar panels produce 7,000 watts of power

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WAILEA, Maui (KHNL) - Nestled along the beautiful mountains on the Valley Isle lies an effort by a world-class producer to keep that beauty in tact.

In this Earth and Sea Project report, KHNL/K5 News heads to Maui, where wonderful music is made with the environment in mind.

There are around 200 professional recording studios in Hawaii. The owner of Grace Recording Studio, Bob Plotnik says he has the only fully solar-powered one.

"I'd like to see more people getting into wind and solar, we're in a perfect place in the United States, we get the most sun, probably of anywhere in the U.S.," he said.

With the environment in mind, Plotnik says it's also a huge cost savings, to the tune of about 500 dollars a month, along with the state and federal tax credits.

Whether you're a good singer or a bad singer, artists love the fact that this studio is 100 percent solar powered.

"We get a lot of calls from people because it is solar powered, environmentally friendly, one of the ones we just finished doing, we did the documentary for the new Doors movie with Woody Harrelson," Plotnik said.

For six months, Grace Recording Studio has been operating thanks to these 48 solar panels that produce seven thousand watts of power.

"I think people need to challenge themselves and step up to the plate and start showing that they want to be apart of keeping the economy and the environment in tact," Plotnik said.

Grace Recording Studio has produced many popular songs, but due to privacy concerns, Plotnik says he'd rather not mention who recorded there. He does say that Jack Johnson's Los Angeles studio powered up with solar two months before his studio.