Saunders Hall is home to the first renewable energy testbed functioning on a Manoa campus rooftop, courtesy of donations and logistical assistance from Hawaii Energy Connnection, Enphase Energy, and the UH Manoa Sustainability Council. The system went live August 14, 2009. The first project for the testbed will evaluate micro-inverter technology that improves the efficiency of solar power arrays. Micro-inverters convert power from DC to AC for each panel individually, so that the solar array is not limited by the performance of the worst-performing panel.
The micro-inverters communicate real-time power production data from each our solar array to a central website that archives the historical data. You can explore the system performance and greenhouse gas accomplishments of the project below.
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