Hawaii Fairmont Kea Lani Maui completes solar power upgrade By Shane Nelson / August 26, 2016 Share 1 -- The Fairmont Kea Lani Maui, a 22-acre luxury resort on the island's southern coast, switched on a new photovoltaic installation earlier this week, an upgrade resort officials said will reduce the property's electricity demand by 10%. The 1,528-panel solar installation generates 845,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, which is enough to power nearly 140 Maui homes, according to Kea Lani officials.The resort's new solar panels will also help to reduce carbon emissions by 462 metric tons annually, a total equivalent to removing 97 passenger cars from Maui's roads in a year. "Fairmont Kea Lani's commitment to social responsibility is deeply ingrained in the culture of the resort," Charles Head, the property's general manager, said in a statement. "We are extremely proud to take a major step towards reducing the overall footprint of Fairmont Kea Lani with this important energy initiative and successful installation of our photovoltaic system."The resort also recently replaced aging laundry equipment to reduce gas, electricity and water consumption and installed new kitchen-hood systems to reduce electricity use.In 2015, the Kea Lani wrapped up a $70 million renovation, including construction of the $7 million Willow Stream Spa and a $5 million overhaul of the property's signature restaurant Ko.