Solar power; schools

Establishes a renewable energy demonstration project in the
department of education that involves the installation of
photovoltaic systems and energy storage devices in one public
school in each school district.  Appropriates funds.  Requires a
progress and final report to the legislature.  (SD1)

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES                H.B. NO.           H.D. 3
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2000                                S.D. 1
STATE OF HAWAII                                            

                     A BILL FOR AN ACT



 1      SECTION 1.  There is established a renewable energy
 2 demonstration project in the department of education.  The
 3 purpose of this project is to demonstrate the feasibility and
 4 cost effectiveness of installing photovoltaic systems and energy
 5 storage devices in the public schools utilizing performance
 6 contracting and net metering.
 7      The department of education, with the assistance of the
 8 department of business, economic development, and tourism and the
 9 department of accounting and general services, shall select one
10 public school, or one planned for construction, in each school
11 district to participate in this project based on a school's
12 potential to:
13      (1)  Successfully carry out the project;
14      (2)  Insulate the school from power outages; and
15      (3)  Convert its facilities to an emergency shelter during
16           disasters, such as a hurricane.
17      The department of education shall utilize performance
18 contracting for installation of photovoltaic systems, energy
19 storage devices, and energy efficiency retrofitting at each
20 selected school and shall evaluate the feasibility and cost

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 1 effectiveness of this demonstration project.
 2      SECTION 2. (a) Notwithstanding section 269-16.21, Hawaii
 3 Revised Statutes, or any other law to the contrary, public
 4 schools that have received photovoltaic systems and energy
 5 storage devices under this Act may:
 6      (1)  Use a single, reversible, non-time-differentiated meter
 7           to measure the difference between the electricity
 8           supplied by a utility and the electricity generated by
 9           the public school and fed back to the utility; and
10      (2)  Sell electricity back to the utility on all weekends,
11           school holidays, and school vacations, including summer
12           vacations.
13      (b)  Funds obtained from the sale of electricity to a
14 utility pursuant to subsection (a) shall be deposited into the
15 general fund.
16      SECTION 3.  The department of education shall submit to the
17 legislature:
18      (1)  A progress report no later than twenty days prior to
19           the convening of the regular session of 2001; and
20      (2)  A final report no later than twenty days prior to the
21           convening of the regular session of 2002.
22 The reports shall focus on the feasibility and cost effectiveness
23 of performance contracting for the installation of photovoltaic

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 1 systems, energy storage devices, and energy retrofitting, in the
 2 public schools, including:
 3      (1)  The payback period for the cost of the equipment and
 4           its operations;
 5      (2)  The value of the excess electricity sold to the
 6           utility;
 7      (3)  Maintenance costs; and
 8      (4)  Unforeseen problems relating to installation,
 9           maintenance, and operation.
10      SECTION 4.  This Act shall take effect upon its approval.