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LED Lighting Upgrades Come to Hawaii Airports

By Luna on 05/09/2017


The 2nd phase of energy savings project held by the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) will soon be initiated. The initiative is estimated to save at least $606 million on energy costs at Hawaii’s airports during the next 15 years.

Before finishing Phase 2 of HDOT’s program, a total of 11 Hawaii airports on Maui, Kauai, O’ahu and Hawaii Island are going to be equipped with high-efficiency LED lightings. About $65.5 million savings on energy consumption will be achieved by replacing almost 50,000 existing florescent lighting fixtures with LED ones.

Further, the project is going to establish 15,000 photovoltaic, roof-mounted solar panels at Honolulu International Airport which is supposed to generate 5.3 megawatts of power.

“As Honolulu International Airport is the largest airport in the United States thus requirements for energy are huge, it really helps by installing photovoltaic panels,” said Ford Fuchigami, Hawaii Department of Transportation director. “We have always been strived to improve our transportation infrastructure to realize the state’s sustainability and energy efficiency goals.”

Aligned with Gov. David Ige’s Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative sustainability goals, it is predicted that the HDOT project will provide 63 million kWh savings each year over 15 years. The savings could offer energy for more than 175,000 homes in Hawaii.

According to Gov. Ige, the considerable energy and cost savings prove that going green is good for sustained development of our local economy. Also, the high-efficiency lightings not only will help cut down on energy consumption but also energy demands as well as dependence on limited natural resources such as fossil fuels.

The Phase 2 construction is scheduled to proceed over the next two years and flight schedules will not be affected. The project will be paid for through realized energy savings instead of money from taxpayer.