SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- Island Palm Communities, in partnership with U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, is excited to expand its renewable energy program.

Beginning Dec. 7, Solar City crews will begin installing rooftop photovoltaic (PV) systems atop homes in Kalakaua Phase 3 and Wiliwili neighborhoods.

"We're happy to have received approval from Hawaiian Electric Company to install an additional eight megawatts of PV, which will help us reach our current goal of 25 megawatts," said Pete Sims, project director of IPC.

"We anticipate our PV systems will provide up to 30 percent of our communities' energy needs, and we're continuing to work on expanding our solar hot water program and pursuing other energy-saving opportunities in our homes," added Sims.

Homes at IPC's Rainbow Village neighborhood at Tripler Army Medical Center are also scheduled to have PV installed after the start of the new year, as will Castner Village and Mendonca Park on Schofield.