PV system to save school money, educate students

Maui Preparatory Academy in Napili is estimated to save more than $450,000 over the 20-year life of the photovoltaic system recently installed by Hawaii Pacific Solar. The project was funded by the parents of a Maui Prep student. The parents wish to remain anonymous.

“The savings Maui Prep will see with the PV system is just one part of the picture. We also are educating our students about the environment and showing them one example of how we can work together for a more sustainable Hawaii,” explained George Baker, headmaster at Maui Prep.

“We are very pleased to help Maui Prep with its effort to conserve energy and to help students learn about PV as a renewable energy option,” said Bob Johnston, president and CEO of HPS.

As part of HPS’ effort to help students learn about solar energy and PV, HPS gave Maui Prep a flat-screen monitor that allows students to see in real time the amount of power being generated and the amount of carbon reduction and energy saving as a result of the solar panels. The monitoring can also be viewed on HPS’ website,

In addition, HPS provided curriculum materials developed by the National Energy Education Development Project and information on sun safety.

The installation of the system was completed in approximately three weeks and is estimated to produce 126,925 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year.

The system includes 381 Conergy modules and Enphase 215 inverters. It used the Conergy Sun Top mounting system.