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New 1.2 MW Solar + Storage Project to Power 85% of Mauna Loa Macadamia Nuts’ Processing Plant
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – February 10, 2022 – DSD Renewables (DSD) and Hawaiian Host Group today announced the completion of a 1.2 MW solar farm and 500 kW battery storage system for Mauna Loa, one of the world’s leading macadamia nut brands. The installation will directly power 85% of Mauna Loa’s processing plant in Kea‘au, Hawai‘i with solar energy. The addition compliments existing clean energy sources at the facility, which will now be powered by 100% renewables.
The new solar installation will directly power 85% of Mauna Loa’s processing plant in Kea‘au, Hawai‘i with clean energy.
As the largest operating PV project dedicated to a private company in Hawai‘i, the system is expected to generate 1.55 million kWh of solar energy annually, avoiding over 1,000 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent each year. The solar installation, completed in partnership with No Ka Oi Energy, includes 2,916 solar panels laid out across three acres on Mauna Loa’s macadamia nut farm.
“Hawaiian Host Group’s sustainable vision and leadership made the Mauna Loa project a great opportunity for DSD to apply our expertise in solar and storage development,” says Eric Pollock, Chief Commercial Officer at DSD. “It’s exciting to be a part of this momentous project and we’re happy to play a part in helping Mauna Loa further reduce its environmental footprint.”
Mauna Loa values environmental sustainability, working to reduce its carbon footprint at every turn. Its Hawaiian crop of macadamias are grown with only rainwater, making the macadamia one of the most sustainable nut varieties. The company also aims to avoid waste by using the whole nut during its production process, cleanly burning the shells to create renewable energy and composting the nut husks to enrich the local community’s soil.
“Hawaiian Host Group’s purpose is to make the Islands’ future flourish, and partnering with DSD has enabled us to fulfill a large portion of our vision for a clean energy future,” says Ed Schultz, President & CEO of Hawaiian Host Group, the parent company of Mauna Loa. “This project nicely complements Mauna Loa’s on-site water and wastewater system, and with the addition of the renewable power system, our Kea‘au facility can now be 100% self-sustained. We will continue to learn and take action to minimize our environmental impact as much as possible and care for our ʻāina (land).”
No Ka Oi Energy in Maui brought the project to DSD and assisted in development. DSD will be the long-term owner and manager of the solar and storage assets.
“We are proud to be working toward increasing clean, renewable energy at such an important site on our island,” says Glenn Yamasaki, President of No Ka Oi Energy. “DSD’s design and implementation have created a world-class solar installation right here in Kea‘au.”
About DSD Renewables
DSD Renewables (DSD) is transforming the way organizations harness clean energy. With unparalleled capabilities including development, structured financing, project acquisition and long-term asset ownership, DSD creates significant value for our commercial, industrial and municipal customers and partners. Backed by world-leading financial partners like BlackRock Real Assets and rooted in our founding at GE with a 120+ year legacy of innovation, our solar energy team brings a distinct combination of ingenuity, rigor, and accountability to every project we manage, acquire, own and maintain. To learn more about our industry-leading solar energy solutions, visit dsdrenewables.com and be sure to connect with us on LinkedIn and Twitter.
About Mauna Loa
Beginning in 1946, beneath the shadow of Mauna Loa volcano herself, the Mauna Loa® brand began growing and roasting macadamias to produce a nutritious nut with a buttery flavor and unique crunch. Since then, the Hawai‘i-based company still roasts macadamias in its own manufacturing plant in Keaʻau, on the Big Island of Hawai‘i, and has created a wide variety of macadamia nut products – including Non-Dairy Macadamia Milk Ice Cream, flavored nuts, and chocolate-covered nuts. With a passionate team that embodies the aloha spirit, Mauna Loa continues to innovate with bold new products that harness the vibrant flavors and exquisite tastes of Hawai‘i. For more information on Mauna Loa, visit www.maunaloa.com.
About Hawaiian Host Group
Hawaiian Host Group, parent company to Hawaiian Host®, Mauna Loa®, and KOHO® brands, is the leading manufacturer of premium chocolate and macadamia nut snacks. The iconic Hawai’i company has been offering a variety of high-quality, delicious products — from fine confectionery gifts to indulgent snacks — since 1927. Headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaiian Host Group produces more than 40 unique premium chocolate and macadamia nut snacks and distributes worldwide. For more information on Hawaiian Host Group brands, visit hawaiianhostgroup.com
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