Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions completes renewable energy system with Brigham Young University of Hawaii

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Posted on Jun 01, 2022 by Chris Galford

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Through a partnership between Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions and Brigham Young University of Hawaii, the latter’s campus acquired a renewable solar energy and storage system last week.

Intended to reduce the university’s environmental impact and its dependence on the island’s grid, the 100-acre project includes rooftop solar elements, carports and energy storage batteries. It is estimated to be capable of producing 6.37 MW hours of electricity each year, meeting 39% of the university’s annual energy needs. It takes place on Oahu.

“This project has made BYU-Hawaii more environmentally friendly and reduced our environmental impact,” said Kevin Schlag, vice president of operations for BYU-Hawaii. “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.

Funding for the project was made possible through a 20-year power purchase agreement with Duke. Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions, an unregulated trademark of Duke Energy, designed and built the renewable energy system and its battery energy components.

“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 the faculty, students, and administration of 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 energy grid.”

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