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Officials say UH-Manoa saving millions in energy costs

HONOLULU (AP) - Officials at the University of Hawaii at Manoa say energy efficiency efforts on campus are paying off with big savings.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports UH-Manoa's $34.3 million electricity bill for 2014 would have been $3.4 million higher if not for energy efficiency measures.

The university has reduced its electricity bill with more efficient air-conditioning and lighting since 2007. Officials say efficiency also has been increased with photovoltaic solar energy systems.

Officials say about $3 million more is expected to be saved in 2015 with the installation of a 1.5- to 2-megawatt photovoltaic system. Solar was added to the energy mix of the university in 2012 with the installation of a system at Gartley Hall.

UH-Manoa interim assistant vice chancellor Stephen Meder says the university "is about the future."

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