The first half of the photovoltaic canopy project being built on the top deck of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa's lower-campus parking structure is projected to be completed in June.
Construction for the PV project began on Jan. 3 and closed approximately 200 stalls out of the 2,700 in Zone 20. The west end was restricted for safety reasons.
The project will help UH reach its goal of net-zero energy by 2035, and the state goals of 100% renewable energy by 2045.
The PV canopies at the structure are expected to generate about three megawatts of electricity when fully operational. During peak use, the UH Mānoa campus will use about 20 megawatts. It is equivalent to an energy consumption of around 10,000 to 20,000 residential homes.
The PV systems were procured using a Power Purchase Agreement. It is a contract that allows the campus to pay for clean energy projects and earn money back through energy cost savings.
The project is expected to save between $2 million to $8 million over its lifetime, depending on future energy costs.
Work on the second half of the PV project is scheduled during the summer of 2020.