June 26, 2014 - REC Solar today announced that it has commenced construction on a 12MW AC (14.53MW DC) solar array for Hawaiian utility Kaua'i Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC).
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 6MW 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.
"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."
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."