MONDAY 14 FEBRUARY, 2011 |
REC Solar Panels Power Hawai'i's Largest Farm
REC Solar has celebrated the commissioning of a 1.21 MW solar power facility in
Hawai'i; which is not only the largest system of its kind for the state, but the
first of its type on Kaua'i; the fourth largest of the main islands in the Hawaiian archipelago.
Powered by nearly 5,400 REC
225 watt Peak Energy solar panels
, the solar farm is situated on 5 acres of
unproductive agricultural land. The electricity generation plant will generate an estimated 1.8 megawatt hours
of clean solar
annually, enough to power close to 300 Kaua'i homes annually.
Over the first 30 years of operation, the solar system will avoid greenhouse gas emissions
of nearly 40,000 tonnes.
Angiolo Laviziano, CEO of REC Solar, stated given Hawai'i's aggressive renewable energy
goals and abundant solar resources, the state is poised to emerge as a leading market for solar energy
Kaua'i Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) has set a goal of sourcing 50 percent
of its electricity from renewable energy by 2023. KIUC Acting President and CEO David
Bissell commented that the solar farm "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
have received considerable industry recognition and several
awards. The modules are also a popular choice in Australia for commercial and home
solar power systems
. The more powerful 235
watt REC Peak Energy solar modules
are used by local provider Energy
, the company that introduced the brand to the Australian residential
market, in its system installations.
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