GreenPath Technologies Donates Solar Air Conditioning Unit to Waianae High

On 2/24/15, 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.

“I am very grateful to GreenPath for this generous donation, which shows Hawaii that we can cool rooms using the power of the sun,” Shimabukuro said.

“Special mahalo to my friend, Kirk Fenton, whom I asked to help make this donation possible when I first learned that he worked for GreenPath,” Shimabukuro continued.

Fenton, who has since left company, communicated Sen. Shimabukuro’s request to GreenPath, who worked with DOE officials to make it happen.

The air conditioning unit is a hybrid unit, drawing directly from sunlight harvested thru the photo voltaic panels feeding directly to the unit and simply supplements with air conditioning power as needed with cloudy skies or less sunlight (more details at classicairconditioningandheating.com).  Harnessing the sun’s “free” energy to cool down the classrooms typically operating at peak sun hours will greatly reduce electricity costs while greatly increasing the comfort level of the classrooms cooled by renewable energy.  There is no feedback into the grid with 100% of the available sunlight consumed by the air conditioning unit(s) which is a key factor as no utility approval is required for installation rapidly increasing our ability to cool down the classrooms and increase productivity.

This donation comes at 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 (https://www.facebook.com/fahrenheit73), or www.greenpath-tech.com.

Senator Maile Shimabukuro; Allison Saunders (Jr. Punahou School/PR Manager); Eunica Escalante (Sr. Moanalua HS/Organization Liaison); Senator Michelle Kidani; Dana Akasaki (Greenpath Technologies, Marketing Director); Guy Akasaki (Greenpath Technologies, Chairman); Christopher Williams (Director of Business Development); Briand Achong (Greenpath Technologies, President) (Note: GreenPath Technologies, Inc. is an SBA certified Native Hawaiian Organization (NHO) Owned 8(a) Small Disadvantaged Business). Click image to enlarge

Senator Maile Shimabukuro; Allison Saunders (Jr. Punahou School/PR Manager); Eunica Escalante (Sr. Moanalua HS/Organization Liaison); Senator Michelle Kidani; Dana Akasaki (Greenpath Technologies, Marketing Director); Guy Akasaki (Greenpath Technologies, Chairman); Christopher Williams (Director of Business Development); Briand Achong (Greenpath Technologies, President)
(Note: GreenPath Technologies, Inc. is an SBA certified Native Hawaiian Organization (NHO) Owned 8(a) Small Disadvantaged Business).
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Brent Suyama, DOE, Communications Division; Duane Kashiwai, DOE Public Works Administator; Eunica Escalante, Sr. Moanalua High School; Briand Achong, Greenpath Technologies President; Allison Saunders (Jr. Punahou High School); Tiffany Quezada, Mentor/Lead for Fahrenheit_73 Student Initiative; Disa Hauge, Waianae High School Principal; Christopher Williams, Greenpath Technologies Business Development; Dana Akasaki, Greenpath Technologies Marketing; Candace Akasaki, Commercial Roofing & Waterproofing Hawaii Asst. Controller; Alex Wong, Waianae HS Teacher (P9); Niralyn Okuna, DOE-Waianae Complex ASA; Guy Akasaki, Greenpath Technologies Chairman Click image to enlarge

Brent Suyama, DOE, Communications Division; Duane Kashiwai, DOE Public Works Administator; Eunica Escalante, Sr. Moanalua High School; Briand Achong, Greenpath Technologies President; Allison Saunders (Jr. Punahou High School); Tiffany Quezada, Mentor/Lead for Fahrenheit_73 Student Initiative; Disa Hauge, Waianae High School Principal; Christopher Williams, Greenpath Technologies Business Development; Dana Akasaki, Greenpath Technologies Marketing; Candace Akasaki, Commercial Roofing & Waterproofing Hawaii Asst. Controller; Alex Wong, Waianae HS Teacher (P9); Niralyn Okuna, DOE-Waianae Complex ASA; Guy Akasaki, Greenpath Technologies Chairman
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The students participating in the “Fahrenheit_73 project are:
Charissa Tan: Senior, Mid-Pacific Institute (Project Manager)
Kenneth Go: Senior, Damien Memorial School (Communications Director)
Allison Saunders: Junior, Punahou School (PR Manager)
Eunica Escalante: Senior, Moanalua High School (Organization Liaison)
Noah Faurot: Senior, Kamehameha School (Social Media Director)

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  1. […] the system will work? The DOE already staged a successful pilot project at Waianae High School last year. For both that pilot, and this new campaign, the schools are working with local renewable energy […]

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  2. […] which the units can be run to monitor the cost of electricity being consumed by the AC’s.   Senator Maile Shimabukuro and Senator Michelle Kidani have both blogged about their perspectives on the issue and pilot site […]

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