MAUI (Hawaii News Now) - The University of Hawaii, Maui College celebrated its net-zero energy independence initiative on Wednesday with a luau and blessing.
Last year, solar photovoltaic panels were installed on campus buildings after the Maui campus after Hawaii became the first state in the country to commit to 100 percent renewable energy by 2045. Additional solar panels will be installed in open spaces along Wahinepio and West Kaahumanu avenues, along with more battery storage.
"We'll be able to harness enough from the sun to bring Maui College to Net Zero - 100 percent renewable energy, produced, stored and used in house," said Lui Hokoana, UH Maui college chancellor.
"I know we got some national attention for this, I'm really proud to see my school floating around Facebook," said Amy Frate, a student at the college. "It brings me great pride to not only learn about sustainability initiatives but to see them here first hand."