REC Solar, a leading provider of commercial, public sector and utility-scale solar solutions, has been ranked by Pacific Business News (PBN) Research as the largest solar company in Hawaii by 2016 total kilowatts installed. The total amount of solar installed in Hawaii throughout 2016 by REC Solar was 52.5 megawatts (MW) DC.
“In 2016, the solar landscape in Hawaii saw substantial changes, such as the transition from customer grid-supply to customer self-supply programs,” said Drew Bradley, regional manager of REC Solar in Hawaii. “Our success is a result of our ability to partner on large, utility-scale projects and to deliver financially viable solar and energy storage solutions for commercial customers.”
Among the most significant projects REC Solar completed in 2016 was the Eurus Waianae Solar Project, a 27.6 megawatt (MW) AC, 40.5 megawatt (MW) DC farm on Oahu’s west side, and the largest solar project ever built in Hawaii. The utility-scale project, whose yearly energy output is equivalent to the electricity used by 11,000 homes, is owned and operated by Eurus Energy, an independent power producer and global developer of utility-scale wind and solar projects.
During 2016, REC Solar completed 15 projects for non-profit, hospitality, agricultural and other private sector customers.
“We are thrilled to be bringing sustainable power to the islands and to be once again recognized as the top solar provider,” said Matt Walz, CEO of REC Solar.
Since entering the Hawaii market in 2007, REC Solar has installed 78 systems totaling 83 megawatts for recognizable Hawaii-based customers like Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative, Turtle Bay Resort, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Dole Plantation.