Anahola Solar PV Array -( Solar Thermal Magazine )–REC Solar, a national leader in commercial solar electric system design and installation, today announced that it has commenced construction on a 12 MW AC (14.53 MW DC) solar array for Hawaiian utility Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC). With 57,624 panels, the utility solar project will be one of Hawaii’s largest systems upon completion and REC Solar’s largest project to date.
The 60-acre solar PV system will be located in Anahola on the northeast side of the island of Kaua‘i. Upon completion in 2015, it will generate five percent of Kaua‘i’s annual energy needs, or enough electricity to power 4,000 homes. A six MW lithium-ion battery system will be installed alongside the array to store energy when the sun is shining and distribute it when clouds reduce the system’s output.
REC Solar has established itself as a leading solar company in Hawaii, with almost 20 MW of utility and commercial-scale projects complete or underway. The Anahola system is the second project that REC Solar has developed with KIUC, following a 1.2 MW array in Kapa‘a. Other commercial systems include wastewater treatment centers, schools and major retailers on the Hawaiian Islands.
“Over many years of experience developing and installing commercial projects in Hawaii, we’ve gained expertise managing approval and development cycles with Hawaiian partners and organizations,” said Drew Bradley, Hawaii Regional Manager at REC Solar.
Our customers count on us through every step of the installation process, from efficiently navigating state regulations to working with the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands. Delays can be costly, so our collaborative process is designed to help customers like KIUC cut through the red tape and expedite construction.
A groundbreaking event on June 26, 2014 marked the beginning of construction. Hawaii Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui, KIUC president and CEO David Bissell and REC Solar’s Drew Bradley participated in the ceremony, which included a traditional Hawaiian blessing.
KIUC’s Bissell commented,
REC Solar brings experience and professionalism to this project. We’ve been pleased by the team’s efforts at working collaboratively with us and with the community that will host it.