Cyanotech investing big in solar
ona, Hawaii’s Cyanotech Corporation, a global producer of microalgae nutritional supplements, has announced the installation of its new solar array by Neighborhood Power Company (NPC). The 2,280 panel array sits on 1.3 acres of Cyanotech’s 90-acre microalgae farm, and will produce 1,147,000 kilowatt hours of electricity each year, which Cyanotech will purchase under a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). The energy production is sufficient to power the entire farm’s production during daylight hours, and will reduce Cyanotech’s electricity costs by 10 percent.
“Environmental stewardship is a key tenet of Cyanotech’s corporate mission,” said Gerry Cysewski, PhD., Chief Science Officer, Executive Vice President and Co-Founder of Cyanotech. “We are currently able to keep our carbon footprint down because our microalgae use carbon dioxide. The solar array will further reduce our greenhouse emissions and costs making it a win-win for our bottom line and the environment.”
Power costs on Hawaii Island are the most expensive in the United States. By not using 1,147,000 kilowatt hours of standard petroleum based electricity, Cyanotech projects that it will reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 791 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year, which is equivalent to the annual greenhouse emissions of gas from 167 passenger vehicles.
Cyanotech celebrated the installation of the solar array with local business and community leaders during a blessing ceremony led by Hawaiian culture expert and founder of Na Wai Iwi Ola foundation Kumu Keala Ching.
“In alignment with our corporate value of Malama Aina, Respect for our Environment, we are delighted to put the system into operation,” said Jen Johansen, Vice President of Quality and Regulatory Affairs, Cyanotech.