REC Solar expands footprint in Hawaii to 27 MW

Boasting growing momentum across Hawaii, REC Solar has completed six solar energy systems for the U.S. state’s historic Dole Plantation and W.M. Keck Observatory.

REC Solar has this year finished or has under construction a total of 19 MW of projects, with more than 27 MW of solar installations since 2008.

REC Solar designed and installed four ground-mounted systems at the Dole Plantation, located on Oahu, Hawaii. Dole Plantation is one of Oahu’s most popular visitor attractions and welcomes more than one million visitors a year.

"We needed a contractor that would minimize the impact on daily operations at Dole Plantation during construction," said Michael Moon, Dole Plantation’s director of operations. "REC Solar made the installation process easy and efficient by working openly with our team."

REC Solar also installed two rooftop projects at the headquarters and visiting scientist quarters of the W.M. Keck Observatory, located in Kamuela, Hawaii. The solar electric systems are lowering the facility’s operational costs to support the world’s two largest optical and infrared telescopes, the ten-meter Keck I and Keck II.

"Keck Observatory built and operates the world’s largest and most scientifically-productive telescopes, and we have a proven track record of implementing world-class systems,” said W.M. Keck Observatory spokesman Steve Jefferson. "We looked at our solar energy system in the same way. REC Solar met our high quality standards in both the design and the installation of our system."

Hawaii is a rapidly growing solar market that benefits from abundant sunshine and a renewable mandate to obtain 40% of its power from local renewable generation by 2030.

REC Solar has already established itself in Hawaii’s burgeoning solar industry with the completion of a 1.2 MW utility-scale project with Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC). In June 2014, REC Solar began construction of an additional 14.53 MW solar project for KIUC Anahola that is on track to be the largest PV system in Hawaii when completed.

Drew Bradley, REC Solar’s sales manager in Hawaii, said the company is quickly expanding to provide its systems and service to more and more businesses in Hawaii. The company’s offers include a wide range of support, from feasibility studies to post-construction maintenance, Bradley. REC Solar makes "going solar not just profitable but also painless," he added.