Duke Energy’s nonregulated industrial model, Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions, has designed and constructed a campus-wide renewable energy system at Brigham Young University-Hawaii (BYU- Hawaii) with rooftop solar, carport solar and battery energy storage. The system accommodates Tesla Megapacks.
The estimated annual electrical energy manufacturing of the whole challenge shall be 6.37 MWh – sufficient to satisfy an estimated 39% of the college’s energy wants annually.
“This project has made BYU-Hawaii more eco-friendly and reduced our environmental impact,” says Kevin Schlag, operations vice chairman. “The combination of solar and battery storage is a smart solution that will allow us to support our students and their education more sustainably by potentially saving the university over $20 million in utility costs over the system’s life.”
Located on 100 acres in Laie on the island of Oahu, the college’s renewable energy challenge consists of three rooftop solar installations, 5 solar carports all through the campus, together with its predominant car parking zone, and seven,324.8 kWh of battery storage.
“Now more than ever, universities, companies and municipalities are powering their infrastructure using renewable energy to ensure sustainability and reduce carbon emissions,” states Chris Fallon, Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions’ president. “We’re proud that we were able to deliver the faculty, students and administration of Brigham Young University-Hawaii a renewable energy solution that positively impacts the local environment and reduces the university’s impact on the energy grid in Hawaii.”
The college financed the challenge via a 20-year power buy settlement with Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions.