Maui Business

Hawai‘i Energy Offsets Costs at Meadow Gold

December 9, 2015, 11:13 AM HST
* Updated December 9, 11:14 AM
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Michael Reyes, engineering/maintenance manager at Meadow Gold Dairies; Ross Yamamoto, lead mechanic at Meadow Gold Dairies; Louis Seles of Mr. Sandman Inc.; Bob Freeman, CEO of Mr. Sandman Inc.; Jimmy Pastor, energy advisor at Hawai‘i Energy. Photo credit: Hawai‘i Energy.

Michael Reyes, engineering/maintenance manager at Meadow Gold Dairies; Ross Yamamoto, lead mechanic at Meadow Gold Dairies; Louis Seles of Mr. Sandman Inc.; Bob Freeman, CEO of Mr. Sandman Inc.; Jimmy Pastor, energy advisor at Hawai‘i Energy. Photo credit: Hawai‘i Energy.

Hawai‘i Energy presented Meadow Gold Dairies with a $41,493 incentive check to offset the cost of installation of a new 150-HP Variable Frequency Drive air compressor.

The total project cost was $126,290. With Hawai‘i Energy’s incentive of $41,493, the net cost to Meadow Gold was $84,797.

The new VFD air compressor is estimated to save the manufacturing facility $42,6031 annually in energy costs, which will pay for the entire project in less than two years (based on $.22/kilowatt hour (kWh).

Annual energy savings is estimated at 193,652 kWh.

The use of compressed air is critical to the manufacturing of milk, juice and cultured products at Meadow Gold.

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Hawai‘i Energy is the ratepayer-funded energy conservation and efficiency program administered by Leidos Engineering LLC under contract with the Hawai‘i Public Utilities Commission, serving the islands of Hawai‘i, Lāna‘i, Maui, Moloka‘i and O‘ahu. For more information, visit www.HawaiiEnergy.com.

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Meadow Gold Dairies has maintained a 118-year tradition of giving back to the communities in which it serves. After more than a century of being a part of Hawai‘i’s families and communities, Meadow Gold continues to support efforts that enable positive impacts on children, youth, health, nutrition and education.

Meadow Gold operates manufacturing facilities on O‘ahu and Hawai‘i Island, which process milk and manufacture products such as sour cream, cottage cheese and buttermilk, as well as POG, tropical nectars, drinks and yogurt products.

For more information, go online visit http://www.lanimoo.com or contact Hawaii Energy Shan Wirt at (808) 848-8560 or via email.

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