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April 29, 2009, 10:38 AM HST
* Updated April 29, 12:59 PM
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The State Department of Transportation celebrates the completion of a new photovoltaic energy system at Lanai Airport.  The PV system is the final of seven DOT facilities across the state that have recently been completed as part of the DOT’s Photovoltaic Energy Systems Project.

A dedication ceremony will be held Thursday morning, April 30th at 10 a.m. at the airport’s Main Terminal.

Transportation officials say the project exemplifies the state’s commitment to lead by example in developing renewable energy strategies that they say will also save taxpayers thousands of dollars each year.

Below is a chart of other DOT facilities that have recently been completed and the energy savings the systems are expected to provide.

Solar panels have already been installed at a Hangar building and cargo facility at the Kahului Airport here on Maui, resulting in a combined 226,199 kWh of yearly energy savings.


A complete list of completed projects and their estimated energy savings is inlcuded below:

System Island Location Array size

Est. yearly power savings

Lihue Airport Kauai Terminal building 338 kW DC

449,410 kWh

Kona International Hawaii Cargo building 61 kW DC

20,428 kWh

Hilo International Hawaii Terminal building 111 kW DC

9,338 kWh

Kahului Airport Maui ASAP/Cargo building 327 kW DC

139,774 kWh

Kahului Airport Maui T-Hangar building 42 kW DC

86,425 kWh

Highways Div. Kauai Baseyard roof 15 kW DC

458,781 kWh

Harbors Div. Kauai Nawiliwili 7 kW DC

58,926 kWh

Total clean energy produced per year

1,223,082 kWh


(By Wendy OSHER © 2009)

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