Renewable Energy World | Jennifer Pang
Honolulu, HI In just two days, RevoluSun will commemorate five years in business. Celebrating this birthday also marks a milestone as RevoluSun approaches its 5,000th solar PV system sold. Beyond empowering Hawaii with solar energy, RevoluSun has traditionally been busy in the month of July, sponsoring Kailua’s Fourth of July parade and holding their annual beach cleanup in collaboration with Surfrider Foundation at Sandy’s Beach.
Last year, RevoluSun donated a mobile sand-sifter to the annual Sandy Beach cleanup effort. Developed by local contractor Jason Tucker Hills, the sand-sifter is designed to clean sand by pulling out micro-plastics that are inundating Hawaii beaches. Micro-plastics are small, plastic particles about 5 mm or less in size, either from industrial pellets that serve as precursors for manufactured plastic products or fragments of plastic derived from the breakdown of larger plastic products. Micro-plastics have become a paramount issue in the marine environment. The sand-sifter helped to remove more than 400 pounds of small debris at the 2013 Sandy’s Beach cleanup. Volunteers were able to remove over 2,000 cigarette butts, almost 600 bottle caps and more than 300 drink cans/bottles and single-use food containers in just 90 minutes last year.
RevoluSun’s community outreach goes far beyond the month of July however. To date, the company has donated nearly $500,000 to local organizations in money, time and products. Project EmPower is the name that RevoluSun has given to its community outreach program, which has sponsored many neighborhood efforts that support education and the environment, such as Hui Nalu Canoe Clubs, Women’s crew for the Na Wahine O Ke Kai Race, The Great Aloha Run, Kaiwi Coast Fun Run/Walk, Big Brothers & Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity, Kamehameha Schools, “Adopt-A-School”, Susan G. Komen’s Race for the Cure, Hawaii State Science Fair, `Aha Punana Leo, Kokua Festival and many more.
However, with the ongoing obstructions from HECO, the entire solar industry is moving a little bit slower. This trickles down beyond operations. It impacts everything down to Project EmPower, making monetary donations increasingly difficult. Luckily, RevoluSun has found creative ways to continue giving. Recently, RevoluSun installed an entire PV system to local community organization, Hale Kipa, by donating excess inventory from their warehouse. One of RevoluSun’s first PV system donations was building off-grid solar homes for a Habitat for Humanity development on Molokai. RevoluSun donated the materials, expert workmanship, travel expenses, design services and covered all additional expenses such as permitting — a donation value that reached $80,000.
“Our partnerships with environmental organizations like Surfrider as well as our ability to build and gift solar systems to communities that need and deserve them gives RevoluSun the opportunity to continue helping Hawaii’s sustainability beyond providing clean energy to individual homes,” states RevoluSun Principal Eric Carlson. “We are proud and passionate about the greater effort of what solar represents: longevity and power to the people.”
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