UH Maui College aims to be first net-zero UH campus

UH Maui College aims to be first net-zero UH campus


Narrator: The University of Hawai‘i Maui
College campus will soon be the first UH campus to achieve net-zero energy. It will also be among the first in the nation
to generate 100 percent of its energy from on-site solar photovoltaic systems coupled
with battery storage – eliminating all fossil fuel use. Lui Hokoana: Weʻre very excited about the opportunity actually for not only the cost savings that weʻre going to experience here
at the college, but also the learning opportunity, and to me that’s the most important thing. Narrator: The project is part of a partnership
with Johnson Controls and Pacific Current that will also virtually eliminate fossil
fuel consumption at four community college campuses on O‘ahu. Through a combination of solar shade canopies,
distributed energy storage and energy efficiency measures, Leeward Community College, Honolulu
Community College, Kapi‘olani Community College and Windward Community College will
reduce their use of fossil fuel by a range of 70 to 98 percent. This is the second phase of a multi-year energy
efficiency and renewable energy project for the five community college campuses that moves
UH closer to its ambitious net-zero goal of producing as much renewable energy as it consumes
across all 10 campuses by 2035. Phase one consisted of energy efficiency measures,
such as LED lighting. Phase two includes upgrades, and the installation
of more on-site solar PV, coupled with battery storage. UH students are applauding the advancements. Pali OʻConnell: I think that it shows that
we have initiative and drive, that we really care about what weʻre doing and weʻre actually
applying our knowledge to where we are. Narrator: Energy and infrastructure improvements
at the five UH campuses involved in the project are scheduled to be completed by the second
quarter of 2019.

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