By Nina Wu
Hagadone Printing Company, which prints most glossy magazines and brochures in Hawaii, has gone solar.
The company installed a 433-7-kW solar PV system on its rooftop, with a total of 1,408 panels spread across 25,000 square feet of existing roof space. That's a pretty large system (RevoluSun did the job).
With a price tag of $2.7 million, the new PV system is expected to power a quarter of the energy used by its administrative and printing operations.
It's also one of the first commercial installations to take advantage of HECO's feed-in tariff program. That means that any excess energy produced by Hagadone will by purchased by HECO at market rate prices.
The system is expected to save Hagadone more than $160,000 in electricity costs in its first year, and to pay for itself in about six years. I would imagine other commercial businesses will follow suit.
Hagadone also offers a carbon offset program in partnership with natureOfficeUSA.