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Habitat builds its first 'off the grid' home on Molokai

By Star-Advertiser Staff


Habitat for Humanity will hold a blessing Friday for a Molokai home that is the organization's first project nationally with a renewable energy system allowing it to be off the grid.

The decision to power the home with solar panels and a battery back-up system was made after discovering that it would have cost $30,000 to bring in electrical lines to the home, said Emilliacq Noordhoekcq, resource development director for Habitat for Humanity's Molokai chapter.

RevoluSun volunteered the labor to install the photovoltaic system on the home in Hoolehua, while Young Brothers shipped all the materials to Molokai free of charge.

The home is the 19th on the island built by the Molokai chapter since it became an affiliate in 1998.

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