Major solar power project at Keck Observatory complete

  • Keck Observatory team members celebrating (pre-COVID) the installation of the solar PV project on the rooftop of the Observatory’s telescope facility on Maunakea. Hawaiian Electric approved operation of the PV system on Sept. 30. (Keck Observatory/Mark Devenot)

  • The rooftop solar PV system is installed between the twin domes that house the Keck I and Keck II (pictured) telescopes. (Keck Observatory/Mark Devenot)

In its commitment to reduce the organization’s carbon footprint and lower the cost of energy, W. M. Keck Observatory and Duke Energy’s REC Solar are pleased to announce the completion and operation of a solar project atop Maunakea on the Big Island of Hawaii.