Duke Energy’s unregulated commercial brand, Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions, has designed and built a campus-wide renewable energy system at Brigham Young University-Hawaii (BYU-Hawaii) with solar energy storage on the roof, a carport and a battery. The system contains Tesla Megapacks.
The estimated annual electricity generation of the entire project will be 6.37 MWh, enough to meet approximately 39% of the university’s energy needs each year.
“This project has made BYU-Hawaii more environmentally friendly and reduced our impact on the environment,” said Kevin Schlag, vice president of operations. “The combination of solar and battery storage is a smart solution that will allow us to support our students and their education in a more sustainable way potentially saving the university over $20 million in utility costs over the lifetime 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 solar carports throughout the campus, including its main parking lot, and of 7,324.8 kWh of battery storage.
“Now more than ever, universities, businesses and municipalities are powering their infrastructure using renewable energy to ensure sustainability and reduce carbon emissions,” said Chris Fallon, president of Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions. “We are proud to have been able to provide faculty, students, and administration at Brigham Young University of Hawaii with a renewable energy solution that positively impacts the local environment and reduces the impact of the university on the Hawaii power grid. »
The university funded the project through a 20-year power purchase agreement with Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions.