MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - The University of Hawaii announced on Monday that its Maui campus is on track to become one of the first schools in the country to generate 100 percent of its energy using solar and battery power.
The sustainability project is part of a partnership with Johnson Controls and Pacific Current that will also significantly reduce the amount of fossil fuels consumed by four Oahu campuses.
UH Maui college's new solar photovoltaic storage systems, which will be up and running next year, will eliminate the school's fossil-fuel energy use, according to a UH news release.
Oahu's Leeward, Honolulu, Windward and Kapiolani Community Colleges will be reducing their fossil fuel energy use by 98 percent, 97 percent, 70 percent and 74 percent respectively.
Three years ago, Hawaii became the first state in the country to commit to 100 percent renewable energy use by 2045.
"Hawaii's leaders set the national example of sustainability and renewable energy standards with the net-zero mandate by 2035 for UH," said Rod Rushing, president of Johnson Controls.
"And we're proud to partner with the university to help it reach that commitment and aim for UH Maui College to become the first campus in the U.S. to generate and store 100 percent renewable energy onsite, 16 years ahead of schedule," Rushing said.
The energy and infrastructural improvements to all five UH campuses involved in the project are scheduled to be completed by next year.