Bishop Museum flips the switch on solar panels

Published: May. 26, 2011 at 9:13 PM HST|Updated: May. 27, 2011 at 12:01 AM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A new teaching tool was unveiled at Bishop Museum on Thursday and the hope is that it will also pay the bills.

The museum flipped the switch on a field of solar panels. It's part of their new venture to harness the sun to pay the museum's power bill.

The staff will also use the solar panels to teach and inspire visitors how to use nature's energy.

"It will allow us to take ten percent of the power needs of the institution off the grid and be produced by this system which doesn't sound like a lot but it is very significant to us because we have to maintain environmental controls for our collections twenty-four seven and so we use a lot of electricity," said Blair Collis, president and CEO of Bishop Museum.

The museum's carbon emissions will now be reduced by a total of nearly 400,00 pounds of CO2 each year.

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