REC Solar completes installation of Hawaii’s largest solar project

REC Solar completed the installation of 27.6 MW of solar at the Eurus WaianaeSolar Project. 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.

The Eurus Waianae Solar Project is the largest solar installation in the state and a significant step toward Hawaii achieving its ambitious goal of operating on 100 percent renewable energy by 2045.

REC solar“In addition to the cost savings and energy generating benefits, this system demonstrates Hawaii’s commitment to a clean energy future,” said Satoshi Takahata, President and CEO of Eurus Energy Americaat Eurus Energy America. “REC Solar was a key partner in this project and we are excited to see the completed system generating renewable energy for the island.”

Built on 200 acres in West Oahu, the Eurus Waianae Solar Project sells its energy to Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. under a 22-year PPA and at approximately 14.5 cents per kilowatt-hour, making it one of Hawaii’s lowest-cost renewable energy projects.

“The Eurus Waianae project is the latest in our growing list of large ground-mount solar arrays in Hawaii,” said Matt Walz, CEO of REC Solar. “The successful completion of this project, in addition to our 5MW Aloha Solar and 12MW KIUC Anahola installations, shows our ability to meet unique customer site requirements, work alongside partners and manage the changing Hawaii regulatory requirements.”

REC Solar provided procurement, construction and project management under an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) agreement executed with the Eurus affiliate, EE Waianae Solar Project LLC. The project deployed trackers from Exosun, a supplier of advanced solar tracking solutions for ground-mounted photovoltaic (PV) plants, to maximize the system’s energy output.

REC Solar is the largest commercial solar provider in Hawaii. The company’s customers include Dole Plantation, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Longs Drugs, Public Storage, Safeway and Turtle Bay Resort. Additionally, the company recently completed a 60-acre, 12MW solar farm for the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative that generates 5 percent of the island’s energy needs.

— Solar Builder magazine

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