May 14, 2012 — 366.6 kW solar system designed and installed by Hawaii’s largest solar integrator, RevoluSun
Ba-Le, Inc. dba La Tour Bakehouse today announced it is expected to save $170,000 in energy costs per year through its new photovoltaic (PV) system at its 80,000-square-foot main bakery, located at 888 Nimitz Highway and the former Weyerhauser building. Designed and installed by RevoluSun, the 366.6 kW system went live two weeks ago. The entire system costs $1.77 million and will pay for itself in two and a half to three years.
“Our Nimitz location serves as La Tour Bakehouse’s main bakery, executive offices and our newest restaurant, La Tour Cafe, which means our electricity usage is extremely high for all three operations combined,” said Trung Lam, La Tour Bakehouse’s chief operating officer. “It was an easy decision for us to make the switch to solar. We selected RevoluSun for their reputation and professionalism. RevoluSun’s expert team of designers and installers were able to work with our request to get the system up and running in less than three months. Needless to say, we are delighted by the results.”
RevoluSun designed and installed the solar system comprised of 1,467 Canadian Solar 250 panels in two months. This system will offset 25 million pounds of carbon dioxide from being released into the environment and the burning of 44,000 barrels of oil during its lifetime.
“As a Hawaii-owned company, we are always pleased to work with other local companies to help them offset their energy usage,” said Todd Georgopapadakos, RevoluSun Principal. “We commend La Tour Bakehouse for making the switch to renewable energy.”
La Tour Bakehouse is a family-owned, locally-operated artisan bakery featuring high-quality and uniquely baked goods. La Tour Bakehouse began in 1984 as a single Ba-Le Sandwich shop in Honolulu’s Chinatown. More than 25 years later, the company has grown to include almost 20 franchise shops and an 80,000 square foot bakery. La Tour Bakehouse is founded on the philosophy of creating delicious bread and pastry products, a commitment to craftsmanship, and utilizing all-natural ingredients. For more information, visit www.latourbakehouse.com.
RevoluSun is Hawaii’s leading solar provider, designing and installing more than 1,000 photovoltaic projects for 20 MW of energy. Providing the highest quality of service, technology and design in renewable energy, RevoluSun is bringing cleaner, smarter energy to communities, one rooftop at a time. With its extensive network of alternative energy partners and detailed knowledge of federal and state tax incentives, RevoluSun makes renewable solar energy an affordable, attractive option for both homeowners and businesses.
Hawaii-owned RevoluSun offers free, understandable energy evaluations to its residential clients, which allow for customized systems based on each home’s unique energy needs. RevoluSun also provides a robust community education program aimed at educating homeowners on how solar works and what tax incentives are available through its free solar education series and solar open house programs. For commercial any government projects, RevoluSun is pioneering new models in renewable energy that provide maximum value, expertise and service, while ensuring its client’s structure the best possible business models to take advantage of local renewable energy opportunities.