I joined Senator Maile Shimabukuro (at left) in a visit to Waianae High School in her Senatorial District to learn about the new installation of a photovoltaic air conditioning system in a classroom there. With us are students, WHS administrators and representatives from GreenPath.
Last week, Sen. Michelle Kidani (Chair of the Senate Education Committee) and Sen. Maile Shimabukuro visited Waianae High School to learn about a solar air conditioning unit donated to the school by GreenPath Technologies, Inc. The company installed the unit on one of the school's portables at the request of Sen. Shimabukuro.
The air conditioning unit is "off the grid," and therefore does not increase the school's electricity bill. This is a key factor, since the majority of HI's schools would require power upgrades, and incur large increases in their electricity bills, if they were to install traditional air conditioning.
This donation comes at a time when the DOE has been tasked to study how best to address the problem of hot classrooms. The DOE is working on a school cooling report, which they will release to the Legislature in the coming months.
For more information about solar air conditioning, visit the "Fahrenheit_73" Facebook page, or www.greenpath-tech.com (Note: GreenPath Technologies, Inc. is an SBA certified Native Hawaiian Organization (NHO) Owned 8(a) Small Disadvantaged Business).
For more information about the Department of Education's Heat Abatement (classroom cooling program) visit online at:
To scale the Department of Education's digital learning pilot statewide, funds are being sought in the 2015-17 fiscal biennium budget and other sources. The Department briefed a joint session of the Senate and House Committees on Education on February 20 to review results of the 1-to-1 digital device pilot program.
View the Department's presentation
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