Energy savings will fund professional staff position

The Maui County Council of the Boy Scouts of America held a blessing for the newly installed PV system at Camp Maluhia in Wailuku, Maui on March 17.

“Everything in camp is now powered by solar,” said Robert Nakagawa, executive director for Maui County Council of the Boy Scouts of America. “The camp went solar to not only save money and be environmentally friendly, but, to also be a model for our sustainability merit badge and other programs we have.”

Kahu Lei’ohu Ryder, Caleb Nakagawa from Waihee Elementary Pack 2 Robert Nakagawa, Scout ExecutiveHawaii Pacific Solar installed the new PV system as part of an improvement plan for the ongoing capital campaign. The system will result in a savings of approximately $425,000 over a 20-year period. The system was funded through a Power Purchase Agreement provided by Kairos Energy Capital of Honolulu.

“It is encouraging to see organizations like the Boy Scouts being a model for sustainability and utilizing the sun’s energy,” said Bob Johnston, president of Hawaii Pacific Solar. “The savings from using alternative energy will enable the Maui County Council to maintain a professional staff person on the island when a capacity building grant expires.”

Location                                                                      # of panels                             kW

Scout Service Center in Wailuku                      39                                           9.945 kW

Longhouse – Camp Maluhia                                 46                                           11.5 k

WGround Mount – Camp Maluhia              104                           26.0 kW

 

Ground Mount – Camp Maluhia              104                           26.0 kW

Total system size                                                 189                                           47.445 kW

Estimated first year production                                                                       63,495 kWhEstimated 20 years savings to Maui County Council                          $425,000

Estimated first year production                                                                       63,495 kWh

Estimated 20 years savings to Maui County Council                          $425,000

Camp Maluhia currently has 16 cabins that can sleep 230 people. While it is a Boy Scout property, the camp is used more by the general public than scouts. It is a community resource utilized by church groups, schools, families and scouts. The peak season is May through July.

Camp Maluhia currently has 16 cabins that can sleep 230 people. While it is a Boy Scout property, the camp is used more by the general public than scouts. It is a community resource utilized by church groups, schools, families and scouts. The peak season is May through July.

An 11 million dollar capital campaign was kicked off in 2011 and to date has raised just over three million dollars.  Improvements that have been completed include two new restrooms, a new cook shed/pavilion, reroofing of the Longhouse and the solar PV system. Additional improvements will include a new water system, third restroom, staff cabin, reroofing of all buildings new dining hall, renovation of pool, new leach fields, new storage and renovation of existing dining hall to a STEM center.