By Nina Wu
Enphase in Hawaii is offering one Hawaii-based non-profit a $25,000 solar PV system as part of its "Mahalo Hawaii Giveaway" contest this month. You have until Sept. 30 to vote for the non-profit you believe is the most deserving of winning.
Non-profits and schools were nominated via video online until Sunday, Sep. 15. The winner will be determined by popular vote.
Many of Hawaii's solar companies are using Enphase microinverters, which claims to generate power in low-light conditions and reduce the impact of module mismatch or shade. Among the solar companies that use Enphase or AlternateEnergy, American Electric, Haleakala Solar, Hawaii Island Solar , KumuKit and Vivint Solar.
Among the top contenders, so far (as of Wednesday, Sept. 18), are a local family (with daughter Eva, who has a spinal disorder) with 6,417 votes, La‘a Kea Farm , an organic farm on Maui for adults with special needs with 6,089 votes and Central Union Church, with 1,757 votes.
Other worthy contenders include The Maui Farm (help individuals become self-sufficient), Hawaii Food Bank, Honolulu Zoo Society (which uses Leon the talking Jackson chameleon as its ambassador)and Hawaiian Humane Society. In Puna, a group called Kalani believes solar PV will help it further its educational and recreational opportunities.
Vote for your favorite non-profit today (you can vote for more than one group, by the way). There are so many worthy organizations - maybe some solar companies will be inspired to offer a PV system for those that don't win? It's such a no-brainer for any non-profit on the isles for energy savings (not to mention clean energy).