April 17, 2013 by Jennifer Pang
HONOLULU – Earth Day at RevoluSun (http://www.revolusun.com/) is not just about promoting renewable energy, it’s about walking the walk of sustainability. And this year, the public is encouraged to show how green they can be! Each year RevoluSun holds an in-house “Earth Day Challenge” that encourages team members to document themselves doing sustainable acts on Earth Day, like walking or riding a bike to work, recycling and reusing, composting, starting home gardens, and picking up trash with their children. The “RevoluSunaries” in Honolulu; Kona, Hawaii; as well as Burlington and Newton, Massachusetts, document these initiatives via pictures and videos, and then upload them to RevoluSun’s Facebook page between April 22 – 26. This year, RevoluSun invites the public to get involved by submitting their own sustainable activities on Earth Day. All submissions should be posted to RevoluSun’s Facebook page and then shared on their own personal page to count. The company will award prizes based on the number of Facebook “likes” these pictures and videos receive by May 1 at: RevoluSun Hawaii Facebook and RevoluSun Massachusetts Facebook.
RevoluSun will give out two prizes per state (four prizes total): a backpack equipped with a solar panel. The most “liked” action by the public and the most “liked” action by a RevoluSun staffer in Hawaii and in Massachusetts will win. It’s a neat and useful reward for a positive action and it further promotes renewable energy sources after the competition has ended.
“In 2011, someone started a battery recycling box in the Honolulu office, and we still use it today,” said Eric Carlson, RevoluSun principal. “We work every day for a greener future, so applying the same earth-focused mentality to our homes, our work commutes, and our daily activities with our families makes this more than just a contest. It’s a real challenge for all of us to be the change we want to see in the world.”
Earth Day first began on April 22, 1970, when 20 million people across the nation participated in rallies celebrating nature and calling for conservation. Today, more than 94 million people have pledged “Acts of Green” through the Earth Day Network, much like RevoluSun’s in-house challenge.
In the movement for local energy independence, RevoluSun has been leading the charge in Hawaii and Massachusetts with more than 3,500 photovoltaic (PV) systems sold. To date, RevoluSun residential projects are producing about 125 MWh of energy every day, saving Hawaii and Massachusetts homeowners more than $6 million each year in energy costs.
- Hawaii, on average, has 271 days of sunshine each year, and solar modules produce electricity even on cloudy days, so the investment into solar has a quick return in paradise.
- Massachusetts ranks sixth in the U.S. for residential solar energy installations, driven by high electric rates and generous federal and state tax incentives that make going sola an easy decision
“We’re excited to bring RevoluSun’s Earth Day Challenge to our Massachusetts offices,” said Doug Pierce, RevoluSun General Manager, Newton office. “I’m looking forward to seeing the creativity of our team and the public, and the response on Facebook.”
Solar investments create more jobs per megawatt than any other energy resource, according to a report by UC Berkeley Energy Resources Group. More solar installations mean more federal dollars from the 30 percent federal renewable energy tax credit for our local economy. According to the Blue Planet Foundation, this past year solar installations in Hawaii doubled as compared with all previous years combined and solar use is increasing rapidly in less-wealthy neighborhoods.
In Massachusetts, the boom is just beginning. With more than 194 megawatts of solar installed in 2012 and the installation rate expected to double in the coming year, the Bay State is confidently expecting to reach 250 megawatts installed by 2017. RevoluSun, with its experience in Hawaii, precise design technology, and ability to provide both solar purchase and lease options is in a prime position to be a trailblazer in the relatively young Massachusetts solar market.
“The Earth Day Challenge is a way for all of to remember why it is what we do every day helping families make clean, renewable energy. It also reminds us that as individuals, our actions collectively add up,” said Kip George, RevoluSun Burlington office owner. “If we each can do something to tread lightly, amongst a group it has significant impact. And it’s fun and a way for our offices and the community to connect and challenge ourselves to be creative.”
Committed to empowering the world, RevoluSun makes solar energy affordable and attractive for every homeowner and business. Headquartered in Honolulu with offices in Hawaii and Massachusetts, RevoluSun has developed thousands of photovoltaic systems generating more than 30 MW of energy. RevoluSun’s extensive network of trusted alternative energy partners and community-oriented philosophy make RevoluSun the leading choice for forward-thinking homeowners. The organization’s proprietary software RiSE™ provides a complete management system for a photovoltaic integrator’s business — from sales to operations and construction.
RevoluSun offers its residential clients a free home energy analysis, which allows for personalized service and a custom system based on each home’s unique energy needs. RevoluSun also offers a variety of community education programs for homeowners who want to learn about how solar works as well as the attractive tax incentives available to them. For more information about RevoluSun visit www.RevoluSun.com or call 808.748.8888.