US-based PV installer REC Solar has started construction on a 12MW AC PV installation that will be located in Anahola, on the northeast side of the island of Kaua’i, Hawaii.

The array, which is being constructed for the Hawaiin utility company Kaua’i Utility Cooperative (KUIC), will be one of the Aloha State’s largest PV systems upon completion and REC Solar’s largest project to date.

The array, which is scheduled to be completed in 2015, will be comprised of 57,624 panels and will power around 5% of the island’s energy needs – the equivalent of powering 4,000 homes.

This is not the first PV project that REC Solar has undertaken in Hawaii, as the company has almost 20MW of utility and commercial-scale installations built or underway in the state. The Anahola installation marks the second project developed by both REC Solar and KUIC, following a 1.2MW array in Kapa’a.

Drew Bradley, REC Solar’s Hawaii regional manager, said: “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. 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.”

The start of construction at the site was celebrated by a groundbreaking event on 26 June. Hawaii lieutenant Governor Shan Tsutsui, KUIC president and CEO David Bissell and Bradley all participated in the event.