Hawaii university offsets 39% of energy with new solar + storage installation
Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions and Brigham Young University-Hawaii have announced the completion of a campus-wide renewable energy system that includes rooftop solar, carport solar, and battery power.
Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions, an unregulated commercial brand of Duke Energy, designed and built the renewable energy system and battery energy storage system using Tesla Megapacks.
The estimated annual electricity production of the entire project will be 6.37 MWh, enough to cover an estimated 39% of the university’s energy needs per year.
“This project has made BYU-Hawaii more environmentally friendly and reduced our impact on the environment,” said Kevin Schlag, Operations VP. “The combination of solar energy and battery storage is a smart solution that allows us to support our students and their education more sustainably by potentially saving the university more than $20 million in energy costs over the life of the system.”
Located on 100 acres in Laie on the island of Oahu, the university’s renewable energy project consists of three rooftop solar installations, five campus-wide solar carports, including the main parking lot, and 7,324.8 kWh of battery storage.
“More than ever, universities, businesses and municipalities are powering their infrastructure with renewable energy to ensure sustainability and reduce carbon emissions,” said Chris Fallon, president of Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions. “We are proud to have delivered a renewable energy solution to the faculty, students and administration of Brigham Young University-Hawaii that positively impacts the local environment and reduces the university’s impact on Hawaii’s energy grid. “
The university funded the project through a 20-year power purchase agreement with Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions.
News release from Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions