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City TO INSTALL 100-KW PHOTOVOLTAIC

SYSTEM IN HALAWA

 

(Friday, June 12, 2009) -- Mayor Mufi Hannemann today announced that the City and County of Honolulu will install a 100-kilowatt photovoltaic system on three buildings at its Halawa Corporation Yard.

 

            The system, when completed in January 2010, will generate approximately 200,000 kilowatt hours of electricity a year, the equivalent of 33 percent of the buildings’ energy consumption.  City engineers estimate the electricity cost saving to be $40,000 a year.

 

            Mayor Hannemann said, “This is another step forward in achieving the goals developed by the Mayor’s Energy and Sustainability Task Force.  The City has set forth a number of near-term goals to reduce our dependence on imported fossil fuels and improve our sustainability.  Whether we’re increasing the number of hybrids in our bus fleet, using more biofuels in City vehicles, cutting energy use through more efficient air-conditioning systems, or building rail transit, the City is succeeding in reaching energy and sustainability goals that are both practical and achievable, rather than touting grand schemes that fail to materialize.”

 

            The PV panels will be installed on the roofs of three buildings at the facility, located at 99-1077 Iwaena Road in Halawa Valley.  The corporation yard houses operations of the Department of Facility Maintenance and Department of Environmental Services.

 

            The contract for the $657,000 project was awarded to Siu’s Electric Corporation.  Work is expected to begin in October.

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Bill Brennan, 768-6928