Hawaii Pacific Solar Installs a Smart Parking Canopy with EV Chargers at Kapolei High School, Reducing Costs and Dependence on Fossil Fuels; Works with Robotics Students to Create Ribbon Cutting Robot for Blessing

Hawaii Pacific Solar, a leading commercial renewable energy company in Hawaii since 2008, recently completed the installation of a 361.62 kW photovoltaic system at Kapolei High School. With the 95.2kW PV system installed in 2017, the school is one of the latest to help meet the Hawaii Department of Education’s (DOE) goal to achieve 70 percent clean energy by 2030.

The latest installation is an RBI/Terrasmart canopy over a parking area with 100 stalls, using Solaredge inverters and optimizers. Year one production is estimated to e 566,925 kWh, eliminating 402 metric tons of CO2; 45,209 gallons of gas; 930 barrels of oil, saving 6,643 trees or electrical usage for 78.2 homes for one year and saving the state about $1.5 million over the parking canopy installation’s 20-year life span.

Hawaii Pacific Solar was awarded DOE contracts to install solar panels at more than 50 Oahu schools under Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) whereby the systems are owned operated and maintained by RC Energy LLC and installed at no cost to DOE.

The contracted PPA pricing is not dependent on the price of oil.  “That’s especially critical now given the price of fuel and the uncertainty caused by an unreliable supply chain and the war in Ukraine,” noted Bob Johnston, president and chief executive officer of Hawaii Pacific Solar.