Hagadone Printing Company, Hawaii’s largest commercial and specialty printer, is furthering its commitment to environmentally sustainable printing by being one of the first businesses to install a load-side feed-in tariff solar panel system in Hawaii, designed and installed by DEP/APB LLC, the former commercial affiliate of RevoluSun.
The 1,408-panel array spreads across 25,000 square feet of existing roof space at Hagadone’s building on 274 Puuhale Road in Honolulu to power a quarter of the energy used by its administrative and printing operations. The 433.7 kilowatt (kW) system began producing clean power in September.
The $2.7 million project will allow Hagadone to contribute excess energy produced back to the Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) grid, and is expected to pay for itself in about six years, saving Hagadone more than $160,000 in electricity costs in the first year alone.
With the recent launch of HECO’s feed-in tariff program, all kilowatt hours (kWh) produced by the system in excess of baseline use will be purchased by HECO at market rate prices. About 80 percent of the kWh produced on non-operational days, such as weekend days and holidays, will be put back into the HECO grid. This brings Hawaii half a megawatt (MW) closer to achieving its renewable energy goals, set in October 2008 under the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative.
“The impact of our industry-leading ecological initiatives is real and significant,” said Clinton Schroeder, president of Hagadone Printing Company. “We are proud to showcase how a variety of different solutions can reduce our impact on the environment and help local communities.”
In the past several years, Hagadone also underwent a state-of-the art energy retrofit of its building that included switching to a new type of frictionless chiller that is extremely efficient, a complete super T8 lighting retrofit, and a building energy control system. These energy retrofits are expected to pay for themselves within four years of use.
Hagadone has also recently launched a successful partnership with natureOffice USA to carbon offset its printing projects, partnering with Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods to restore a historic koa forest on the Hamakua Coast. It is also continuing various environmental programs, such as free paper and phone book recycling, ensuring that less paper waste ends up in landfills.
With these combined efforts, Hagadone’s savings of resources this year alone total:
- 60,000 trees
- 44.4 million gallons of water
- 59,789 BTU’s (British Thermal Units)
- 3.8 million metric tons of solid waste
- 11.8 million tons of greenhouse gases
“Hagadone is a trailblazer when it comes to being sustainable in its business practices, and now is leading the way by being the first company to install a load-side feed-in tariff solar system,” said Todd Georgopapadakos, RevoluSun Principal. “We’re pleased to be working with such a forward-thinking company, and this system is one more step toward helping our state move toward clean, renewable sources of energy.”
Hagadone Printing Company employs 140 people in Hawaii and services more than 3,000 accounts. The company offers state-of-the-art printing services as well as consultation on marketing program management. The Hagadone Corporation, based in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, is recognized as the greenest printing company in the nation, with highly awarded environmental programs setting the standard in the industry.