Wet ’n’ Wild Hawaii celebrates one year being fully powered by the sun. The 1.3 megawatt solar system makes the park Hawai‘i’s first-ever 100 percent solar-powered attraction. In its first year, the system produced over 2,150,000 kilowatt hours — equivalent to powering over 200 homes.
Annually, the environmental impact from this system will eliminate the equivalent carbon dioxide emissions of 1,612,492 pounds of coal burned or 3,621,608 car miles in greenhouse gas emissions. On Earth Day 2021, Mayor Rick Blangiardi proclaimed April 22 “Wet’n’Wild Hawai‘i Green Energy Day” with a City & County of Honolulu proclamation delivered to the park’s General Manager Scott Loos and Marketing Director Eddie Galdones.
“Of all the pivots made in the last 12-18 months due to the pandemic, being fully powered by the sun is the most important change we’ve made,” says Loos. “It feels really good to know that renewable energy is now at the core of our operations. It’s even better to know that park guests are enjoying returning to a cool vehicle after a day of fun in the sun, thanks to the solar arrays covering our parking lot.”
The solar system was installed by Sunspear Energy, a locally owned and managed provider in renewable energy construction serving Hawai‘i since 2014, with over 80 years of combined solar experience, more than 60,000 solar panels installed, and 22+ Megawatts of solar power for residential and commercial projects.