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San Luis Obispo company building one of Hawaii's largest solar projects

REC Solar

The Island of Kaua'i is making a shift to solar for its residential power source, and it's using a San Luis Obispo based company to do it. 

Work began in late June on a 12 megawatt (MW) system, which when finished next year should provide about five percent of the island's needs. It's the largest project to date for REC Solar.

The 60-acre solar PV system will be located in Anahola on the northeast side of the island of Kaua‘i. A six MW lithium-ion battery system will be installed alongside the array to store energy when the sun is shining and distribute it when clouds reduce the system’s output, according to a company media release.

The company has seen large growth in California, Hawaii, and Arizona—and is currently in 14 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, according to spokesperson Zoe Fishman.