By Nina Wu
Congratulations go out to Sacred Hearts Academy, one of Hawaii's oldest private schools, for going solar.
Hawaiian Energy Systems Inc. and Centrosolar America announced today the completion of a 243-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system at Sacred Hearts Academy, an all-girls Catholic College Preparatory School in Kaimuki. The rooftop installation is expected to reduce the school's energy costs by about 33 percent. The academy's energy costs in recent years added up to more than $350,000 annually.
Through a 10-year operational lease, there was no upfront cost to the academy for the installation, according to Hawaiian Energy Systems vice president of sales and marketing Christ Brashear.
The system, designed and installed by Hawaiian Energy Systems, includes 200 Centrosolar America 240 watt C-series modules and 823 of its 250 watt E-series modules, which both come with black frames. Both of these module series have passed third-party salt spray testing, according to Hawaiian Energy Systems.
The project included multiple solar arrays with three different orientations. The panels are attached to Enphase M215 micro-inverters on the rooftop.
Teachers at Sacred Hearts are planning to integrate the new solar array and monitoring system into the campus curriculum to teach students about renewable energy.