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Keauhou Shopping Center unveils solar energy project


Officials from Kamehameha Schools, Tioga Energy and Hoku Solar have unveiled a new solar energy project for the Keauhou Shopping Center.

Comprising solar electric systems installed on seven buildings in the shopping center, the 376-kW Keauhou Shopping Center PV Systems are one of the largest commercial solar electric projects on Hawaii Island.

The Keauhou Shopping Center — owned by Kamehameha Schools — will now receive a significant portion of its electricity from on-site solar energy generation while reducing the facility’s environmental impact.

Overall, the project will offset the production of approximately 455 tons of CO2 annually, which equates to some 989,000 vehicle miles not traveled or 52,000 gallons of gasoline conserved.

“Renewable energy is an investment for a brighter future. Solar projects like this installation at Keauhou Shopping Center move us closer to reducing Hawaii’s dependence on imported oil,” Mayor Billy Kenoi said. “Today, our island generates a significant percentage of its power from renewable energy; today, we move one step closer to a greener future.”

To implement the project, Kamehameha Schools utilized a SurePath Solar power purchase agreement (PPA) from Tioga Energy, enabling the organization to avoid the costs and complexities of system ownership. Tioga Energy developed, financed, owns, operates and maintains the systems and will sell the generated solar electricity to Kamehameha Schools.

“We see the need to decrease Hawaii’s dependence on imported fuel as an important goal for Kamehameha Schools as well as the state,” said Paul Quintiliani, director of commercial real estate for Kamehameha Schools.

“With the assistance of Tioga Energy, we are able to incorporate solar power without the added responsibilities that come along with owning a system outright,” Quintiliani said.

“From a national perspective there is perhaps no better business case for solar than in Hawaii, where the cost of electricity is high, renewable resources are abundant and the government support is strong,” said Paul Detering, CEO of Tioga Energy. “As the state pushes toward 40 percent renewable energy by 2030, organizations like Kamehameha Schools are driving Hawaii toward a solar-powered future.”

The solar electric systems were built by Honolulu-based Hoku Solar, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hoku Corporation that delivers investment-grade solar energy facilities for commercial, institutional and utility clients.

“Hoku Solar is honored to partner with Tioga Energy and Kamehameha Schools on this renewable energy project; together with our subcontractors and vendors, we are proud to have had the opportunity to design, engineer and deliver solar PV systems that provide significant, positive and sustainable benefits for Hawaii,” said Jerrod Schreck, president of Hoku Solar.

About Kamehameha Schools

Kamehameha Schools is a private, educational, charitable trust founded and endowed by the legacy of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop. Today, Kamehameha Schools operates a statewide educational system enrolling more than 6,900 students of Hawaiian ancestry at K-12 campuses on Oahu, Maui and Hawaii and 31 preschool sites statewide. More than 40,000 additional Hawaiian learners and caregivers are served each year through a range of other Kamehameha Schools’ outreach programs, community collaborations and financial aid opportunities in Hawaii and across the continental United States. Income from the schools’ real estate and financial assets fund the Schools’ educational mission.

About Hoku Solar

Hoku Corporation is a solar energy products and services company with two business units: Hoku Materials and Hoku Solar.

About Tioga Energy

Tioga Energy enables commercial, government and non-profit organizations to reduce electricity costs and enhance environmental sustainability without any capital outlay. Through its SurePath Solar power purchase agreement (PPA), Tioga Energy owns and operates more than 100 renewable energy systems across the U.S., providing its customers the opportunity to reduce energy costs and hedge against electricity rate volatility while lowering carbon emissions.

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