Hana group, Hawaii Energy team up on solar power

HANA, Hawaii (AP) - A construction skills training program for at-risk youth in Hana and the organization that administers Hawaii's energy conservation program recently teamed up to train students to install solar water heaters.

Licensed professionals mentored students from the Ma Ka Hana Ka Ike nonprofit as they installed solar water heating systems in three homes. The Maui News reports the participants also learned plumbing skills and how to adhere to building codes.

Hawaii Energy spokesman Brian Fitzgerald says the project helped educate Hana students, assist Hana families to become more energy efficient and helped decrease Hana's dependence on oil.

Hawaii Energy promotes energy conservation in the islands. Electric utility customers pay for the program, which offers cash rebates and other incentives to residents and businesses to offset the cost of energy-efficient equipment.

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