Honolulu’s Sacred Hearts Academy, Built in 1907, Now Features 243kW Solar Array.
Centrosolar America and Hawaiian Energy Systems Complete Solar Installation for One of Hawaii’s Oldest Private Schools.
Scottsdale, AZ—December 3, 2013— Today Hawaiian Energy Systems, Inc. and Centrosolar America announce the completion of a 243kW solar power system at the Sacred Hearts Academy in Honolulu, a prestigious, non-prot, all-girls private school that has been facing enormous electricity bills in recent years as Hawaii’s energy costs continue to rise. The rooftop installation will reduce the school’s energy costs, which have exceeded $350,000 thousand annually in recent years, by approximately 33%.
“Hawaii’s energy costs are the highest in the nation, and now, with their new solar installation, Sacred Hearts Academy can signicantly reduce its operating costs by reducing its utility bills. And, through a 10-year operational lease, there was no upfront cost to the academy for the installation,” said Hawaiian Energy Systems VP of Sales & Marketing Chris Brashear.
The system was designed and installed by Hawaiian Energy Systems, Inc. and includes 200 Centrosolar America 240 watt C-series modules and 823 of it’s 250 watt E-series modules, both with black frames. Both of these module series have passed rigorous 3rd party salt spray testing. “The Centrosolar panels are an ideal t for installations in Hawaii because of their suitability for use in coastal applications. They are designed to withstand the kinds of adverse weather and environmental conditions found on the Islands – like high winds and the corrosive effects of salt spray,” said Brashear.
The project includes multiple solar arrays with three different orientations to ensure optimal power production over the course of the school day. The project also features Enphase M215 micro-inverters on the rooftop location to generate AC power at a safe distance from the students, with no high voltage components near the playgrounds or classrooms.
The new solar array and monitoring system are also being integrated into the campus curriculum as a teaching tool for students to learn about renewable energy.
About Hawaiian Energy Systems, Inc
Hawaiian Energy Systems, Inc. was formed in 2008 by industry veterans Holli Tamas and Darrell Ing, each of whom has years of experience in the design and building of renewable energy systems. The company owner, Holli Tamas, a prominent woman minority business executive, is also CEO of nationally recognized Granite Bay Energy. The company serves the residential to large size commercial grid-tie PV markets on the islands of Oahu, Maui, and the Big Island of Hawaii and specializes in energy efciency consulting, photovoltaic design, installation and operations. More information can be found at Hawaiian-Energy.com and Granitebayenergy.com