REC Solar completes six small projects in Hawaii

REC Solar announced Sept. 15 the completion of six solar energy systems for Hawaii’s historic Dole Plantation and its W.M. Keck Observatory.

REC Solar said it has a total of 19 MW of projects in Hawaii completed or under construction in 2014, with more than 27 MW of solar installations since 2008.

REC Solar was selected to design and install four ground-mount systems at the Dole Plantation, located on Oahu, Hawaii. Dole Plantation is one of Oahu’s most popular visitor attractions.

“We needed a contractor that would minimize the impact on daily operations at Dole Plantation during construction. REC Solar made the installation process easy and efficient by working openly with our team,” said Michael Moon, Director of Operations for Dole Plantation. “Now, we use the Hawaii sun to not only support agricultural activities, but also to help us reduce our impact on the planet.”

REC Solar said it also installed two solar roof-mount projects at the Headquarters and Visiting Scientist Quarters of the W.M. Keck Observatory, located in Kamuela, Hawaii. 

“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 Steve Jefferson, Communications Officer for W. M. Keck Observatory. “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 said it has already established itself as a leader 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 (dc) solar project for KIUC Anahola, a utility system that will be the largest PV system in Hawaii upon completion.

“REC Solar is quickly expanding to provide high-quality systems and service to more and more businesses in Hawaii,” said Drew Bradley, Hawaii Sales Manager for REC Solar.

REC Solar (REC Solar Commercial Corp.) says it is a national leader in solar electric system development, design and installation. It specializes in business, government and utility projects. REC Solar has installed more than 400 commercial systems nationwide in excess of 112 MW over more than 16 years of operations.

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