Hospital gets solar electricity generating system

HONOLULU (AP) - A 105-kilowatt solar electricity generating system has been installed on the roof of Molokai General Hospital.

Hilo-based ProVision Solar told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser the 315 photovoltaic panels will produce about 25 percent of the hospital's power needs. That's an estimated 170,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity in the system's first year of operation.

The hospital has a power purchase agreement with Solar Power Partners. The California-based company will operate the PV system and sell power back to the hospital at a fixed rate over the life of the contract.

The project's price tag and the terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

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