NOVEMBER 2, 2015 | ANAHOLA, HI
REC Solar, a national leader in commercial solar and energy solutions, today announced the interconnection of a 12 MW AC (14.5 MW DC) solar array for Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC). The utility-scale system is the largest in the state of Hawaii and REC Solar’s largest project to date.
OCTOBER 13, 2015 | PASO ROBLES, CA
REC Solar today announced the interconnection of two solar energy arrays totaling 388 kW at Niner Wine Estates in Paso Robles, Calif. Together, the systems will provide enough clean energy to power 100 percent of Niner’s 46-acre Heart Hill Vineyard, including the tasting room, restaurant and winery operations. Niner will save approximately $2 million over a 20-year period.
AUGUST 18, 2015 | SANTA MARIA, CA
REC Solar, a national provider of commercial solar and energy solutions, today announced the interconnection of a 1 MW solar energy system for Windset Farms®. The Santa Barbara County farm is the largest in Santa Maria and grows non-GMO produce year-round in its state-of-the-art greenhouse facility.
JULY 13, 2015 | HONOLULU, HI
REC Solar, a U.S. commercial solar provider, has been ranked by PBN Research as the leading solar company in Hawaii by 2014 revenue. The company completed 14 commercial solar projects in Hawaii last year, accounting for nearly $55 million in revenue.
JUNE 17, 2015 | SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA
REC Solar today announced it has acquired Stellar Energy, a leading solar provider in the western U.S., through an asset purchase agreement. REC Solar will provide customers with integrated, turnkey solar solutions ranging from financing and design to operations and maintenance.
A decline in the solar ITC would make it more challenging for businesses and large organizations to tackle their electric bills, achieve sustainability goals, and modernize their operations. We hope to see it extended. However, given the uncertainty on the horizon, now is the time to act to ensure that your business takes full advantage of the solar ITC and maximizes ROI on your solar project.
California’s Central Coast wine region ranks as one of the top viticultural areas on the planet, with more than 300 wineries spread across the area’s rolling hills and lush valleys. A growing number of local winemakers’ share a commitment to sustainability, which includes investing in solar photovoltaic (PV) systems that offset electricity costs with the same clean energy source that gives life to their vineyards.
The closure of net metering in Hawaii adds new complexity and considerations for local businesses seeking to go solar. We’re here to help. Even with the change in the NEM program, commercial solar can still help businesses to save money and show a strong environmental commitment to the community.
One of the biggest challenges facing supermarket proprietors is managing and controlling operational costs. Increasingly, supermarkets and other large, energy-intensive retailers are turning to solar to cut their electricity costs as well as reduce their carbon footprint and strengthen their sustainability programs.
Windset Farms recently commissioned REC Solar to install a 1 MW flat-rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) array built on its shipping and packing building. Completed and interconnected to the grid in August 2015, the solar system now generates an estimated 1,662,100 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy annually, saving the company more than $245,000 per year in electricity costs.
Ballester Hermanos was used to Puerto Rico’s high cost of energy, but it wanted to find ways to increase its profitability by reducing operating expenses. Since power was a significant cost, Ballester Hermanos researched installing solar and realized that it was not only affordable, but would reduce their annual electric bill by a projected savings of over $100k in 2015 and up to $200k per year by 2040.
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Santa Maria Sun | David Minsky
Solar panels aren’t cheap. The cost for a typical 5-kilowatt setup for a house can easily run $10,000 or more. But it may pay off in the long run, at least according to REC Solar Director of Business Development Ryan Park. “That $10,000 system will produce somewhere in the range of $1,500 to $2,000 worth of energy per year,” Park said. “That is a big amount of money to put up front, but the numbers make sense.”
Paso Robles Daily News
REC Solar completed the interconnection of two solar energy arrays totaling 388 kW at Niner Wine Estates in Paso Robles. Together, the systems will provide enough clean energy to power 100-percent of Niner’s 46-acre Heart Hill Vineyard, including the tasting room, restaurant and winery operations. Niner is expected to save $2 million over a 20-year period.
Solar Builder | Chris Crowell
The solar industry is ripe with new opportunity, both in terms of previously underserved verticals and new technology, but getting the financials in place can still be a hurdle for mid-market customers. All of these storylines intersect with what’s going on at REC Solar.
Santa Barbara Independent | Jean Yamamura
Planning baby bell peppers, cucumber, and tomatoes for lunch? The locally grown ingredients for that sweet-sounding salad are likely to have come from Santa Maria’s Windset Farms, which recently completed a 1 million watt solar installation atop its packing plant.
Lompoc Record | Abby Hamblin
A cloudless, sunny sky set the perfect scene for the unveiling of a 1-megawatt solar energy rooftop installation above the greenhouses of Windset Farms on Tuesday... "Who knew a little company in San Luis Obispo, founded in 1997, would have installed over 500 commercial systems?" said Ryan Park, director of business development for REC Solar.
San Luis Obisbo Tribune | Danielle Ames
REC Solar, a San Luis Obispo-based company that installs solar energy systems for commercial customers nationwide, has recently acquired Stellar Energy, a leading solar provider based in Sonoma County, California.
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