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Sunetric, Blue Planet team up on solar-powered holiday display

By Star-Advertiser Staff


Kailua-based Sunetric is providing the solar panels and battery storage system that will be used to power one of the displays at this year’s Honolulu City Lights celebration at Honolulu Hale.

The nonprofit Blue Planet Foundation is producing the “Santa Goes Solar” display, an 8-feet diorama of Santa’s workshop and village made largely with Lego pieces. The Honolulu City Lights celebration runs from Dec . 3-31.

The display will be constructed by members of the Lego Enthusiasts Association of Hawaii, with members of the University of Hawaii Solar Decathlon Team Hawaii engineering its array of LED lights. The display will be powered by a solar canopy producing 3.6 kilowatt hours a day with a battery pack storing up to 6.9 kilowatt hours for night-time use.

Sunetric's donation includes hours of engineering, design and construction work, as well as more than $5,000 in materials.

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