Kamaile Academy, a public charter school located on Oahu’s Waianae Coast, will save approximately $1.2 million over the next 20 years because of a solar system installed by Hawaii Pacific Solar

Hawaii Pacific Solar installed a PV system at this Waianae Coast charter school, saving them about $1.2 million over 20 years.

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The 267.4 kw (DC) system, producing approximately 354,000 kWh of electricity, is comprised of 955 Canadian Solar 280 watt panels, 8 SMA STP 24 inverters and Iron Ridge racking system. It will prevent approximately 245 metric tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere – roughly equivalent to 27,448 gallons of gasoline or 85 tons of municipal waste.

As part of their installation, Hawaii Pacific Solar provided a flat screen display that allows students to do real-time monitoring and asses the power being generated, the amount of carbon reduction and energy savings resulting from the solar panels.

“Kamaile Academy is very thankful for the opportunity to partner with Hawaii Pacific Solar and the Department of Education on this project. The cost savings for our school allow us to shift funds that would have been spent on electricity to more directly support teaching and learning. Additionally, Kamaile is proud to be doing our part to contribute to the larger state goals around sustainability,” said Paul Kepka, associate principal at Kamaile Academy.

“Solar systems are vitally important to reaching Hawaii’s sustainability goals. We are very pleased to work with Hawaii’s schools, knowing that our systems will save funds needed for other uses and to help teach children about alternative energy,” said Bob Johnston, president and chief executive officer of Hawaii Pacific Solar.

Kamaile Academy is a PreK-12 Hawaiian focused-arts integrated school that embraces all the children’s cultures with the emphasis on Hawaiian culture. Students learn about Hawaiian values, customs, traditions, music, legends and language. Students are engaged through rigorous study, the arts and project-based learning.