Hawaii’s Hot Sun Cools Down Energy Costs

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The Hawaii State Department of Education has embarked on a first- and largest-plan-of-its-kind nationwide to install solar panels in every school in the state. The plan will reduce the sunny state’s school energy costs from $47 million per year to zero, and generate revenue from extra energy that could go back to schools, school officials say.

The district will incorporate solar power into its curriculum, weaving sustainable energy lessons into K12 classrooms, in hopes that students will leave with an awareness and possibly a career interest in renewable energy.