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Time Warner Cable Oceanic builds solar canopy on Oahu

Wed, 12/15/2010 - 7:45am
Mike Robuck

Time Warner Cable's Oceanic division has teamed up with several vendors to construct the largest solar canopy project on the island of Oahu in Hawaii.

Chevron Energy Solutions, a unit of Chevron Corp., Oceanic Time Warner Cable and Tioga Energy recently announced the groundbreaking for an 856-kilowatt solar system at Oceanic's Mililani Tech Park.

"We're excited to work with Chevron Energy Solutions and Tioga Energy to incorporate sustainability into the way we do business. The savings we expect to generate in the years to follow ensure our company's stability in the market and our ability to provide quality service to our customers," said Norman Santos, vice president of operations for Oceanic Time Warner Cable.

Chevron Energy Solutions designed, engineered and will build the solar project that includes solar photovoltaic panels on two buildings and parking canopies. Tioga Energy will finance, own and operate the system, selling the generated electricity to Oceanic over the next 20 years.

By reducing the purchase of utility power, the project is expected to reduce carbon emissions equivalent to the carbon sequestered annually by more than 225 acres of trees.

Under the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative, the state is transforming 70 percent of its power to clean energy by 2030. The rooftop solar installation on Oceanic's new annex building at Mililani Tech Park is expected to help the company achieve LEED Gold for this building.

The project is slated to be finished in the first quarter of 2011.

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