Case Study: Solar Transformation at Helemano Military Reservation, Oahu
- Project Name: Helemano Military Reservation
- Location: Central Oahu, Hawaii
- Installation Year: 2002
- Collaborators: SunEarth, Inter-Island Solar Supply, Grand Solar, Pacific Mechanical
- Total Systems Installed: 610 solar water heating systems
The Helemano Military Reservation, nestled in the heart of Central Oahu, Hawaii, embarked on an ambitious renewable energy project that would set new standards for sustainability and energy efficiency. In a remarkable collaboration, SunEarth, Inter-Island Solar Supply, Grand Solar, and Pacific Mechanical joined forces to provide solar water heating systems for a staggering 476 homes within the military complex. Simultaneously, 40 additional homes at the Waianae Army Recreation Center underwent an Army retrofit project, while the Wheeler Army Airfield Fire Station received a commercial solar system. This comprehensive initiative encompassed a total of 610 homes, making it one of the largest solar water heating projects ever undertaken in the United States.
This expansive project, which saw its completion in 2002, was executed with precision and excellence. Each of the 610 homes benefited from solar water heating systems, providing a sustainable and renewable source of hot water. The primary installation contractors, Grand Solar and Pacific Mechanical of Honolulu, worked tirelessly to ensure the successful implementation of these systems. In addition to the military housing units, the project extended to the Waianae Army Recreation Center, where 40 homes underwent a retrofit for enhanced energy efficiency, and the Wheeler Army Airfield Fire Station, which saw the installation of a commercial solar system.
Energy Savings and Environmental Impact:
The estimated annual energy savings generated by this extensive renewable energy project are indeed substantial, amounting to an impressive $395,000. These savings not only benefit the military complex itself but also contribute to the broader goal of energy efficiency and sustainability. Furthermore, Hawaiian Electric Co.'s residential efficient water heating program provided the Army with valuable demand-side management rebates totaling $610,650.
As one of the largest solar water heating projects in the United States, the Helemano Military Reservation serves as an inspirational example of renewable energy integration. The collaborative efforts of SunEarth, Inter-Island Solar Supply, Grand Solar, and Pacific Mechanical highlight the power of partnerships in achieving a shared vision of environmental responsibility and sustainability. By harnessing the sun's energy to provide hot water to hundreds of homes, this project significantly reduces energy costs while exemplifying the military's commitment to a greener and more sustainable future.
- SunEarth: www.sunearthinc.com
- Inter-Island Solar Supply: www.solarsupply.com
The Helemano Military Reservation project, with its 610 solar water heating systems, is a testament to the potential of renewable energy integration, offering considerable energy savings and contributing to the broader goal of sustainability and environmental responsibility. The robust collaboration between SunEarth, Inter-Island Solar Supply, Grand Solar, and Pacific Mechanical showcases the positive impact of shared endeavors in the renewable energy sector.