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Maui Non-Profit Seeks Votes to Win $25K PV System

September 26, 2013, 4:47 PM HST
* Updated September 27, 9:55 AM
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By Maui Now Staff

Maui Farm, a non-profit that helps families that are homeless due to domestic violence and economic challenges, is hoping to be the one out of 16 non-profits across Hawaii to win a $25,000 photovoltaic system.

Families working in the garden at Maui Farm. Courtesy image.

Families working in the garden at Maui Farm. Courtesy image.

Emily Sullivan, board member for the Maui Farm as well as operations manager for the Maui Solar Project, said “the farm is host to five homes on their property and with Maui having the highest electricity rates in the nation I know just how important this opportunity would be for them.”

Sullivan also said the timing was good, since HECO opened the solar threshold to 100% on the grid in early September.

The “Mahalo Giveaway” by Enphase, a California-based photovoltaic company, sought video-based entries from non-profits in Hawaii, with the free PV system going to the video with the most votes. All 19 video entries can be viewed here.

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View the Maui Farm’s video entry here.

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Enphase spokesperson Christine Bennett said the company was holding the giveaway to celebrate almost 25,000 solar installations by the company in Hawaii.

Bennett was “thrilled by the response” which is now over 26,000 votes and counting.

Viewers can vote once per day. Voting closes Sept. 30, at 8:59:59 HST.

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According to Enphase, 16 non-profits have been nominated. They are:

  1. ALU LIKE, Inc.
  2. Angel Network Charities
  3. ARC of Kona
  4. Central Union Church
  5. Hawaii Food Bank
  6. Hawaiian Humane Society
  7. Hilopa`a Family-to-Family Health Information Center
  8. Honolulu Zoo Society
  9. Kalani Honua
  10. Kilohana United Methodist Church
  11. La’a Kea Foundation
  12. Lanai Baptist Church
  13. The Maui Farm
  14. Ming Jeng Temple
  15. See Dai Doo Society
  16. Youth Horizons Hawaii
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