Leeward Community College is one of the nation's first virtually "net-zero" campuses, generating 97 percent of its electricity through on-site photovoltaic (PV) systems.
By promoting and investing in electric trucks and buses and the charging and fueling infrastructure needed to serve these vehicles, the participating states will support job creation, and help to build a resilient and clean economy.
As the state emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, more rapid uptake of eBuses will contribute to the state's economic recovery with investment, jobs and tax revenues, plus improved transportation options.
The chief energy officer position was created by the Legislature last year as part of Act 122, which expanded the Hawaii State Energy Office’s responsibilities and gave the office more autonomy to carry out its mission.
Public forums will be held on three islands featuring a panel discussion and an open house where attendees get information on topics ranging from rooftop solar programs to electrification of transportation.
Hawaiian Electric achieved a 28.4 percent consolidated renewable portfolio standard in 2019, despite having significantly lower wind energy production and not having Hawaii Island's geothermal resource available.
Two engineers from Hawaiian Electric have received prestigious Technology Transfer Awards from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) for their collaborative research and development projects.
"Hawaii’s journey provides lessons for many aspects of energy system innovation, which other jurisdictions can benefit from."
The school will use the project as an opportunity to teach students about climate change and energy efficiency from the real-world example in their own school.
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