Celebrating Earth Day, Wet’n’Wild becomes
Hawai‘i’s first and only 100% solar-powered attraction
KAPOLEI, HAWAI‘I — Wet’n’Wild Hawai‘i announced today the launch of its new 1.3 MW solar system, which will make the park Hawai‘i’s first-ever 100% solar-powered attraction. The extra perk: most of the parking lot now provides shady, covered parking for guests, thanks to the solar arrays.
The system is 1.3 megawatts (MW) and consists of 2,958 high-efficiency REC Alpha Series 440-watt solar panels, which will fully power the park during operation hours. The system is estimated to produce over 2,150,000 kWh (kilowatt hours) during the first year—equivalent to powering over 200 homes. The environmental impact will eliminate the equivalent annual C02 emissions of:
- 1,612,492 pounds of coal burned
- Greenhouse gas emissions from driving 3,621,608 miles in a car
- Carbon sequestered by 1,430 acres of U.S. forest for one year
Mayor Rick Blangiardi attended the unveiling today and proclaimed April 22nd “Wet’n’Wild Hawai‘i Green Energy Day,” presenting the City and County of Honolulu proclamation to General Manager Scott Loos and Marketing Director Eddie Galdones.
“This is something we have been planning for years and are so happy to finally execute—using the power of the sun here in sunny Kapolei and providing covered parking for our guests is a win-win,” says Wet’n’Wild Hawaii General Manager, Scott Loos. “To celebrate our new 2,958 solar panels, a special $29.58 admission will be offered to guests all weekend, Friday, April 23rd through Sunday, April 25th.”
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, Sunspear Energy is one of O‘ahu’s most trusted solar companies. Locally owned and managed, Sunspear has been serving Hawaii since 2014 and is a leader in renewable energy construction.
“We are very excited for the opportunity to partner with Wet ‘n Wild and provide a solution to lower their energy costs and reduce their carbon footprint. With land being a scarce resource on Oahu, solar carports are a great solution for converting unused open space into a revenue generating asset while brining us one step closer to Hawaii’s 100% renewable energy goal. We hope park guests enjoy returning to a cooler vehicle after a fun day at Wet’n’Wild!”
Watch the recap video of the event below!