Ala Moana Center announced Monday the completion of one of the state's largest rooftop solar photovoltaic systems at the Honolulu mall.
The new solar project began generating power for the common areas at Ala Moana Center the beginning of this year. The solar panel system includes more than 4,730 solar panels, covering 85,000 square feet of previously unused roof space.
The second phase of the solar project will cover the Ewa-wing of the shopping center, which is currently under redevelopment and will be completed in 2015.
"We embrace sustainability as an intrinsic part of how we do business and are focused on enhancing operational performance and using resources in a responsible manner," said Francis Cofran, senior general manager, Ala Moana Center. "The solar photo-voltaic system installed is an example of this commitment. The solar panel system will help alleviate the high cost of electricity at the mall, while significantly improving the region’s energy consumption."
Over the next 30 years, environmental benefits of the solar panel system include reduction carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions to 27,516 metric tons; elimination of more than 64,000 barrels of oil used; and the elimination of 3.1 million gallons of gasoline consumed.
Ala Moana Center is owned and managed by General Growth Properties, Inc.