The 1.21MW solar installation on the Hawaiian island of Kauai has been completed and commissioned by REC Solar. Among the public figures that were on hand to celebrate the plants completion were project partners Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) and Kapa’a Solar, who financed the system and collaborated with KIUC on a power purchase agreement (PPA) for the solar system.
“With ample sunshine and aggressive renewable energy goals, Hawai'i is poised to emerge as a leading market for solar energy generation. The commissioning of the system today marks an important step forward for the island of Kaua'i and the state,” said Angiolo Laviziano, CEO of REC Solar. “Our unparalleled experience in solar system design and integration makes REC Solar ideally suited to partner with forward-thinking utilities like KIUC and bring utility-scale projects online statewide.”
REC Solar oversaw the design, procurement and installation for the ground-mounted PV system. Built on 5 acres of non-productive agricultural land, the installation utilizes 250kW of advanced energy Solaron inverters and 5,376 of REC’s 225W PE-Series modules. REC additionally supplied its SnapNrack fixed-tilt racking for the 1.21MW project.
“KIUC has long acknowledged that significant investments in additional renewable energy generation will be required for us to achieve our strategic goals of being 50% renewable by 2023,” said KIUC Acting President and CEO David Bissell. “This first utility-scale solar farm on Kaua'i allows us the opportunity to determine and better understand the physical limitations of high penetration PV on a distribution circuit and to work through some specific technicalities associated with adding large scale intermittent renewables to our generation mix.”
Upon final approval from the Public Utility Commission, the new PV system has the potential to generate 1.8MWh of energy per year.