Hawaii has had a roller coaster of a year with solar. First the governor commits to 100% renewables by 2045. Then rooftop solar faces more net metering struggles. We all know this will get resolved, but in the meantime, here’s some news to keep your spirits up.
Last year, REC Solar installed or developed 19 MW of solar in the great state of Hawaii. The 14 commercial solar projects the company worked on brought in nearly $55 million in revenue. According to PBN research, this made REC Solar the number one solar company in Hawaii by revenue.
REC Solar Hawaii Regional Manager, Drew Bradley said, “The Hawaiian Islands are leading the way for renewables and we’re certain that REC Solar will have a major hand in helping the community reach its goal of 100 percent renewables by 2045.”
REC Solar also ranked in the top five solar companies for job growth and kilowatts installed on the islands, with 135 employees and over 19 megawatts installed or under development in 2014.
Since entering the Hawaii market in 2007, REC Solar has installed 60 systems totaling 31 MW. In 2014, REC Solar completed a 186 kW system for the Dole Plantation in Oahu. The company is installing an additional 460 kilowatt system on the site, which will break ground on Monday, July 20, 2015.
“As the state with the highest level of solar penetration in its electricity market, Hawaii provides a useful illustration of how much running room there is for solar in the U.S.,” said Pavel Molchanov, energy analyst at Raymond James & Associates. “Despite some grid saturation challenges, the mainstreaming of solar should continue. Hawaii’s newly enacted target of 100 percent renewables by 2045 is the most ambitious renewable portfolio standard of any U.S. state.”