Case StudyWindward Community College
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Windward Community College (WCC), located in Kāne´ohe, Hawaii, is a public community college and part of the University of Hawaii system. The administration wanted to transition to renewable energy to reduce operational costs and contribute to the state’s climate action goal to become 100% renewably powered by 2045.
Working with Honolulu-based Sunspear Energy, WCC transformed three of its campus parking lots into shaded parking, with the help of SunPower solar carports.
The elegantly designed solar carports provide shaded parking for 250 vehicles while generating 1.87 megawatt hours (MWh) of clean energy per year. Together with energy efficiency measures, going solar will offset 70% of the campus’ electricity use in addition to removing 33,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide from Hawaii’s environment.