Tuesday February 18th, 2014 - 10:13AM
HONOLULU, HI—Pacific Beach Hotel received a $308,145 incentive check from Hawaii Energy for the hotel’s commitment to becoming more energy efficient.
The incentive is the largest amount presented to a hotel by Hawaii Energy—the ratepayer-funded conservation and efficiency program serving Hawaii Island, Lanai, Maui, Molokai and Oahu.
Recent upgrades to the hotel’s air conditioning system, as well as the installation of a new energy management system, will save the Pacific Beach Hotel more than 1 million kilowatt hours (kWh) annually or $280,000 per year in electricity costs, acccording to the company. The Pacific Beach Hotel invested more than $2.1 million into the project.
The hotel’s new central air conditioning system was installed for the hotel, which encompasses the Beach Tower and the Oceanarium Tower. The project involved replacing an older air conditioning system with newer energy-efficient equipment including chillers, chilled water pumps and water condenser pumps. The energy management system centralizes the operation. These projects were handled by Energy Management Consulting & Construction, LLC, and took place over the past 18 months.
“We are delighted to have partnered with Hawaii Energy and look forward to celebrating this achievement with our valued Pacific Beach associates,” stated Rob Robinson, general manager, Pacific Beach Hotel. “Our hotel is committed to energy conservation and will continue to research additional ways to become even more efficient.”
Pacific Beach Hotel also was the 2013 recipient of the Waikiki Improvement Association’s Hoowehiwehi Award for its eco-friendly guest water bottle program. The hotel provides each guest with a reusable water bottle upon check-in that can be refilled at various stations located throughout the hotel. The program eliminates an estimated 350,000 bottles per year from ending up in a landfill, according to the company.
"Pacific Beach Hotel is a terrific example of an organization recognizing the importance of investing in energy efficiency,” stated Ray Starling, program director, Hawaii Energy. “We look forward to working with their team in the future to identify other projects to maximize their energy savings."