Manoa flips switch on photovoltaic

MANOA (HawaiiNewsNow) - U.H. Manoa is tapping into the power of the sun and cutting its bills at the same time.

The school flipped the switch Thursday on its new "photovoltaic power system" at the Sinclair library. Installed by Hoku solar, the 140 panels will save the school about 16-thousand dollars a year in energy costs.

But that just the start of an ambitious 35-million dollar project with new p-v systems planned for the law school and institute of marine biology.

Over its 25 year lifespan the new system at the library will generate enough energy to power 135 homes for a year. That's equivalent to taking 50 cars off the road.

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