Energy efficiencies power school air conditioning

Energy efficiencies power school air conditioning

HONOLULU (AP) - A Hawaii school has cooler classrooms now that it reduced its energy use enough to power air conditioning provided by the state in response to record heat.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports ( changes at Honowai Elementary included new LED lights that reduced energy use by 42 percent during the day and 62 percent at night as well as the installation of solar panels.

School facilities official Dann Carlson says efficiencies put AC in 27 classrooms.

The state education department spent $1.2 million on Honowai.

A sustainability program is working toward all schools generating their own power.

The education department, its energy contractor OpTerra and Hawaiian Electric Company agreed to increase the number of schools with solar panels to 114 out of 256 before January.

Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser,

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