The Associated Press reported that The Nature Conservancy’s Molokai office has a new solar panel installation that will cover all of its energy needs.
The Nature Conservancy announced yesterday that the Maui company Rising Sun Solar installed an 8.88-kilowatt photovoltaic system on its roof in the Molokai Industrial Park in the Kalamaula area. TNC said the system will provide all its energy needs including lights, air conditioning and electronics.
The office will remain connected to Maui Electric Company’s grid so that it can still buy power from the utility on cloudy days.
This also allows the organization to sell excess power to the utility on days when the office isn’t using much power. This is possible through a feed-in-tariff approved by the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission last month. The tariff allows operators of solar utility systems to sell power back to the energy grid at a fixed rate for up to 20 years.