Due to ongoing budget pressure, the state of Hawaii elected to explore the viability of solar financing on its school rooftops as a way to reduce expenses.
Following a Hawaii Department of Education request for proposal process, RC Energy Group and its local contractor were selected to install solar systems on schools located in the state. Upon completion, the project will include 59 schools for a total of more than 8 MW of solar located throughout the island of Oahu and Kauai. The state is now saving at least $20,000 per year for each school. Given the 20-year nature of the PPA and the number of schools, the projected savings for the Department of Education is in excess of $25 million.