Here is the general area of the 1,800 acre Makena Resort.
Nearly eight months after the Maui County Council approved the construction of the hotly contested Mākena Resort, residents gathered to hear an update of the project from developer Everett Dowling on Thursday, June 18, at the Pacific Whale Foundation (PWF) in Mā‘alaea.
As this month’s featured speaker for the PWF Making Waves Lecture Series, Dowling took the stage to give a presentation entitled “Sustainable Development in Mākena.” Offering an overview of his company’s plans for the 1,800-acre master-planned Mākena Resort, Dowling shared his short- and long-term initiatives for the oceanfront property.
In order to make the most efficient use of the surrounding natural resources, Dowling Company has utilized sustainable methods to ensure the property remains “clean and green,” such as a stormwater filtration system, solar-powered wastewater treatment plant and the use of drought-tolerant, sustainable turf on the resort’s golf courses.
“The goal is for Mākena Resort to be a net-zero energy community,” he said. “We have ambitious goals.” In order to accomplish this, he said, all residential units will include photovoltaic (PV) panels to offset approximately 30 percent of expected annual energy consumption. Similarly, the resort’s commercial buildings will achieve net-zero status through the installation of rooftop, net-metered PV systems. In addition, Dowling teamed up with green energy pioneer Solar City to create the Mākena Solar Farm, a 30-acre, 3 megawatt (MW) facility that will incorporate fixed and dual-axis tracking to offset energy not generated by the rooftop systems.
Developer Everett Dowling presenting the sustainable development initiatives for Makena
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