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Project Footprint Rewards Carbon-Reducing Activities

February 4, 2019, 12:57 PM HST · Updated February 5, 7:57 AM
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Electric vehicle drivers have a new charging option in Central Maui with the debut of a DC Fast Charger at the Maui Electric office in Kahului.

Hawaiian Electric Companies’ new Project Footprint initiative rewards customers for reducing their carbon footprint and helping to build a more sustainable Hawaiʿi.

Company representatives say they are committed to the state’s goal of achieving 100% renewables by 2045 and have reduced the use of fossil fuels by 19%. Project Footprint encourages customers to take their own steps to help improve the environment and falls in line with the state law enacted last year that aims to make Hawaiʿi carbon neutral by 2045.

The companies are providing opportunities for customers in 2019 to receive eco-friendly awards (while supplies last) by: installing private rooftop solar, leasing or purchasing an electric vehicle, signing up for paperless billing and signing up for automatic bill payment.

A reward is offered for each of the program’s carbon-reducing activities. They include a T-shirt made of 100% recycled materials, a 17-ounce double-wall stainless steel water bottle, a portable solar-powered charger with built-in flashlight and $50 worth of free charging at Hawaiian Electric Companies’ vehicle charging stations.

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The project also encourages customers to support its community partners, including the Polynesian Voyaging Society, Hawaiian Islands Land Trust, The Nature Conservancy, The Trust for Public Land, Mālama Learning Center, Kupu, Biki and Institute for Climate and Peace.

*Please note that these carbon-reducing steps must be completed in 2019. For example, if an electric vehicle was purchased or leased last year, it cannot be claimed for a reward for an EV purchase under Project Footprint.

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