Kauai Developer Goes Solar with One Of Island’s Largest Solar Installations

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Poipu Beach Villas, developer of Koloa Landing, a premiere oceanside community at the Poipu Beach Wyndham Grand Resort, goes solar with a 300kW solar system. The panels will produce an estimated 456,000 kilowatt hours of electricity each year, providing approximately 20% of the property’s energy usage.

Poipu Beach Villas (PBV), developer of Koloa Landing, a premiere oceanside community at the Poipu Beach Wyndham Grand Resort, is going solar with a 300kW solar system. Solar panels will be placed on the roofs of all six residential buildings at their south shore resort property. Combined, the panels will produce an estimated 456,000 kilowatt hours of electricity each year, providing approximately 20% of the energy used by the property.

CitiGreen Solar and Haleakala Solar have been selected to install the system, which will use Enphase microinverters. The installation is anticipated to begin within the next month, with an expected completion in the second quarter of 2014. Upon completion, the project will be one of the largest solar installations on the island, Koloa Landing stated.

Owners representative Todd Hadley commented: “Our Development Team, General Contractor and Resort Operator are in constant pursuit of practices that will lead to a lifestyle of responsible decision making and environmentally friendly living for our homeowners and guests. Installing one of the largest solar projects on the island is a testament to this commitment.”

Kauai has seen a dramatic increase in solar projects in the last couple of years, particularly on the south side of the island. The Koloa/Poipu area is already home to Kauai’s second-largest solar facility, owned by Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC). That facility is located on the southwest side of the island at Port Allen and owned by Alexander & Baldwin Co. Additionally, there is a 300kW array in Omao.

“Incorporating environmentally responsible initiatives in all aspects of the resort will help protect and sustain our island’s natural resources for current and future generations,” said Lance Shenk, General Manager for Koloa Landing at Poipu Beach Wyndham Grand Resort.