The Department of Education has been using the sun to help power some of our schools here in Hawaii. Now the DOE is adding another layer to harness sustainable energy through a program called Ka Hei.
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The goal is to reduce the cost and consumption of energy at all 255 state schools. Power used in classrooms costs the DOE $62 million a year.
Ka Hei will add water cooling systems to a few schools, solar wind turbines to other schools and will expand educational opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math for students (STEM).
"We’re also looking over time to install micro grids that create grids on campus to manage energy use that will have batteries to store energy so you can use it on a cloudy day and no energy is being produced," said Hawaii Department of Education Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi.
The DOE is joining forces with Chevron Energy Solutions to help bring the sustainable energy program to all the schools in the next 5 years.