Honolulu Museum of Art Receives $91K Incentive for Extensive Energy-Saving Lighting Project

Posted July 17, 2014

L-R: Duane Ashimine, President & COO, Energy Industries (Left); Allison Wong, Deputy Director, Honolulu Museum of Art; Ian Tierney, Junior Business Program Specialist, Hawaii Energy (Center); Arsena Kailihiwa, Energy Specialist, Energy Industries; and Richard Andrews, Jr., Director of Operations, Honolulu Museum of Art (Right)

Photo Courtesy of Hawaii Energy

Hawaii Energy, the ratepayer-funded energy conservation and efficiency program for Hawaii, Honolulu and Maui counties, presented a $91,007 incentive check to the Honolulu Museum of Art for enhancing its lighting quality while saving substantial amounts of energy for both its locations.

The Honolulu Museum of Art on Beretania Street and the Honolulu Museum of Art Spalding House (formerly the Contemporary Museum) in Makiki replaced 1,236 linear fluorescent tube lights and 2,754 halogen, incandescent and compact fluorescent lamps with energy-efficient light emitting diodes (LEDs). Both art galleries were equipped with occupancy sensors and dimming controllers to further reduce energy consumption. On the exterior, LEDs were installed for the courtyards, landscapes and balconies.

The lighting renovations were completed by Energy Industries within six months. The museum invested $314,806 towards the renovation. The Honolulu Museum of Art will save an estimated 468,599 kilowatt hours (kWh) annually which is the equivalent to $113,400 in energy cost based on $0.242/kWh. The Spalding House will save an estimated 36,539 kWh annually or $9,682 in energy costs based on $0.265/kWh1.

In 2012, the Honolulu Museum of Art on Beretania Street underwent an energy-efficient air conditioning renovation. Hawaii Energy helped offset the project costs with a $346,026 incentive.

The museums pay slightly different electricity rates based on the square footage of their facilities.