$70K Incentive Awarded To Four Seasons Hualalai for Energy-Saving Improvements

Posted October 23, 2014

L-R: Florian Riedel, Resort Manager, Four Seasons Resort Hualalai; Chanda Durnford, Business Program Specialist, Hawaii Energy; Kevin Toltzmann, Director of Engineering, Four Seasons Resort Hualalai; Chris White, Director of Marketing, Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

Hawaii Energy, the ratepayer-funded energy conservation and efficiency program for Hawaii, Honolulu and Maui counties, presented Four Seasons Resort Hualalai with a $70,655 incentive check for energy-efficient upgrades throughout the 243-room oceanfront resort on the Kona-Kohala Coast.

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai installed 297 energy-saving motors (electronically commutated (EC) motors) in the air conditioning units in every guest room. Variable Flow On-Demand Kitchen Exhaust Systems were installed in three kitchens, Beach Tree, ‘ULU and the banquet kitchen, which vary fan speed and energy consumption based on the cooking demand that helps save on energy and air conditioning costs. Nearly 500 energy-efficient LED bulbs were also installed to replace halogen lights throughout the lobby and restaurant exteriors.

The Resort’s upgrades are projected to pay for themselves with the money saved on electricity costs in only 14 months. The Resort invested a total of $196,287 toward the various energy-saving upgrades. These improvements are expected to save about 319,715 kilowatt hours (kWh) annually or $105,505 on electricity costs based on $0.33/ kWh


Within the next year, Hawaii Energy will work with Four Seasons Resort Hualalai to incentivize LED upgrades, the optimization of the Property's central plant through an Energy Management System (EMS) retrofit, as well as the installation of Variable Frequency Drives on all swimming pool motors.


About Four Seasons Resort Hualalai Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka‘upulehu, set on the picturesque Kona Kohala coast of Hawaii, the Big Island, is a magnificent work of destination art. Hawaii Island’s first and only Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond hotel, the Resort is built into its natural surroundings, and combines history, culture, active adventure, pure pampering and true aloha to all who come its way. The contrast of ancient black lava rock with towering coconut palms, white sand beaches and azure sea creates opportunities for memories and photographs at every turn. For more information and reservations, please visit www.fourseasons.com or call (888) 340-5662.

About Hawaii Energy Hawaii Energy is the ratepayer-funded energy conservation and efficiency program administered by Leidos Engineering, LLC under contract with the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission, serving the islands of Hawaii, Lanai, Maui, Molokai and Oahu. Hawaii Energy offers cash rebates and other incentives to residents and businesses to help offset the cost of installing energy-efficient equipment.

In addition to rebates, the program conducts education and training for residents, businesses and trade allies to encourage the adoption of energy conservation behaviors and efficiency measures. The program plays an important role in helping to achieve Hawaii’s goal of reducing total electric energy usage by 30% or 4.3 billion kWh by 2030. For more information, visit www.HawaiiEnergy.com.