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BMW Hawaii to cut its electric bill with PV panels

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 5:32 p.m. HST, Sep 19, 2011

Sunetric will install a solar power system at BMW Hawaii's dealership on Kapiolani Boulevard that will cut its electric bill by an estimated 20 percent, the companies announced today.

The 153.6 megawatt photovoltaic system is being designed and installed by Kailua-based Sunetric and will generate about 21,000 kilowatt hours of electricity a month, Sunetric said in a news release.

Once the Honolulu dealership installation is completed BMW of Hawaii will have PV systems running at two out of three of its locations. The first system was installed by Sunetric in November of 2010 at BMW of Hawaii’s Kailua-Kona dealership, where Sunetric installed a 113.8 kilowatt roof-mounted PV system.

The amount of electricity to be generated by the system will save am estimated 420 barrels oil a year that would have otherwise been imported to Hawaii and burned to make electricity, according to Sunetric.

In addition to the BMW of Hawaii installations, Sunetric has completed projects for Honda Windward and King Windward Nissan. An installation at King Infinity of Honolulu also is in progress.

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