Sunetric Helps Waialae School Reduce Operating Costs

A lesson on sustainability; Waialae School practices what it teaches.

Kailua, HI — August 23, 2011 — Sunetric (, Hawaii’s leading solar design and installation company, announced today that it has been selected to design and install a photovoltaic system at Waialae Elementary Public Charter School in Honolulu.

As the economy continues to impact education programs across the state, Waialae School administrators turned to Sunetric to help the school save as much as possible on its day-to-day operating costs. After meeting with administrators, the team at Sunetric recommended the school install a photovoltaic system through the company’s solar power purchase agreement (PPA) program. The program will save the school over $11,000 annually, with no upfront costs.

“Part of our mission is to prepare children for the twenty-first century, to be socially responsible to others and the world,” said Wendy Lagareta, Waialae Elementary School principal. “This project enables us to put our words into action and demonstrate our commitment to being socially and environmentally responsible.”

The 133.4 kW system that is being installed at Waialae School will include 556 Trina 240 watt modules and 556 M215 micro inverters. The system will take full advantage of the bright Honolulu sunshine and generate an average of 18,719 kWh of electricity per month, yielding a monthly savings of nearly $1,000. Construction is set to be completed by the end of 2011.

“We are very proud to be partnering with Waialae Schools on this project,” said Alex Tiller, CEO of Sunetric. “Education is a major component of building a more sustainable future, so it is important for us to help those in our education system out as much as possible. It’s always a good day when we can step up and help those that work to make a brighter future for us all.”

In addition to the cost savings, over the next 30 years Waialae School’s new system is estimated to prevent approximately 10.5 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions from entering Hawaii’s air. The solar array will offset 94% percent of the school’s non-renewable electrical usage, saving 11,231 barrels of oil that would have otherwise been imported to Hawaii and burned to make electricity. Use of the solar array will be equivalent to saving 3.9 million acres of forest.

To date, Sunetric has worked with 13 different nonprofit organizations through its solar power purchase agreement (PPA) program. In addition to Waialae School, Sunetric has assisted other nonprofit’s such as Hongwanji Mission School, St. Francis School, Kihei Baptist Church, Waipahu Free Baptist Church, Light House Outreach Church, and Mililani Presbyterian to go solar.

Sunetric is currently the only company in Hawaii that owns and maintains free solar energy systems through use of a power purchase agreement with nonprofit groups. This is the first program of its kind in Hawaii.

Founded in 2004 by Sean and Beth-Ann Mullen, Sunetric is Hawaii’s largest locally-owned and operated solar installer. Sunetric has designed and installed more PV than any other company in the state and is responsible for 68,000 solar panels and over 20 megawatts of solar across all islands, providing the equivalent greenhouse gas benefit of taking 3,000 vehicles off Hawaii roads each year. Hawaii’s first SunPower Elite dealer, Sunetric has installed several of the largest photovoltaic systems in Hawaii, including Kona Commons on the Big Island, Wilcox Memorial Hospital on Kauai, and Y. Hata on Oahu. Visit for more information.