Community outreach remains at company core
In just two days, RevoluSun will commemorate five years in business. Celebrating this birthday also marks a milestone, as RevoluSun approaches its 5,000th solar PV system sold.
Beyond empowering Hawaii with solar energy, RevoluSun has been busy this month, sponsoring Kailua’s Fourth of July parade, and holding its annual beach cleanup — in collaboration with Surfrider Foundation — at Sandy’s Beach.
Last year, RevoluSun donated a mobile sand-sifter to the annual Sandy Beach cleanup effort. Developed by local contractor Jason Tucker Hills, the sand-sifter is designed to clean sand by pulling out micro-plastics that are inundating Hawaii beaches.
The sand-sifter helped to remove more than 400 pounds of small debris at the 2013 Sandy’s Beach cleanup. Volunteers were able to remove over 2,000 cigarette butts, almost 600 bottle caps and more than 300 drink cans/bottles and single-use food containers in just 90 minutes last year.
And RevoluSun’s community outreach goes far beyond the month of July. To date, the company has donated nearly $500,000 to local organizations in money, time and products. Project EmPower, RevoluSun’s community outreach program, has sponsored many neighborhood efforts that support education and the environment, such as Hui Nalu Canoe Clubs, Women’s crew for the Na Wahine O Ke Kai Race, The Great Aloha Run, Kaiwi Coast Fun Run/Walk, Big Brothers & Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity, Kamehameha Schools, “Adopt-A-School,” Susan G. Komen’s Race for the Cure, Hawaii State Science Fair, `Aha Punana Leo, Kokua Festival and many more.
However, with the ongoing obstructions from HECO, the entire solar industry is moving a bit slower. This impacts everything down to Project EmPower, making monetary donations increasingly difficult. Luckily, RevoluSun has found creative ways to continue giving.
Recently, the company installed an entire PV system to local community organization, Hale Kipa, by donating excess inventory from its warehouse. One of RevoluSun’s first PV system donations was building off-grid solar homes for a Habitat for Humanity development on Molokai. RevoluSun donated the materials, expert workmanship, travel expenses, design services, and covered all additional expenses, such as permitting — a donation value that reached $80,000.
“Our partnerships with environmental organizations like Surfrider, as well as our ability to build and gift solar systems to communities that need and deserve them, gives RevoluSun the opportunity to continue helping Hawaii’s sustainability beyond providing clean energy to individual homes,” stated RevoluSun principal Eric Carlson. “We are proud and passionate about the greater effort of what solar represents: longevity and power to the people.”
Kokua Sandy’s with RevoluSun July 19
Just two weeks after opening its doors for business, RevoluSun held its first Beach Cleanup with the Hawaii Surfrider Foundation, resulting in 900 pounds of trash removed from the Sandy Beach shoreline. For the fifth year in a row, RevoluSun has partnered with the Surfrider Foundation’s Oahu Chapter for the Sandy Beach cleanup, which will be held July 19 from 10 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will be rewarded with a commemorative T-Shirt and free lunch hosted by RevoluSun.
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