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Blue Hawaiian Continues Green Leadership with New Solar Power Array
Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, Hawaii's largest air-tour company, has installed solar panels at its Maui facility that will provide 90% of the location's power requirements.
“In the 25 years since we founded Blue Hawaiian,” states CEO David Chevalier, “we have always worked hard to be on the leading edge of our industry, while doing all we can to be good neighbors, minimizing our impact on Hawaii’s environment. We spent four years helping American Eurocopter develop the 21st century Eco-Star helicopter, which is not only more fuel efficient, but results in 50% less noise on the ground. That’s why we’re so excited about our new solar power system. It continues our commitment to sustaining Hawaii’s delicate ecology and being responsible corporate citizens.”
The Blue Hawaiian photo-voltaic system was designed and engineered with the professional collaboration of Haleakala Solar, Maui’s leader in solar systems since 1977 and one of the most enduring solar companies in the United States.
Jim Whitcomb, president of Haleakala Solar, looks back on the project’s challenges:
“Blue Hawaiian presented us with substantial energy requirements, especially given their FAA Certified Service Center which draws power for mechanical and maintenance equipment, compressors, electric tools, and sophisticated devices like a state-of-the-