DECEMBER 8, 2015 | CHARLOTTE, N.C.
Duke Energy Renewables is increasing savings for commercial solar customers through an alliance with Green Charge Networks, the country’s largest provider of commercial energy storage for retail, industrial and government customers. Green Charge Networks will work closely with REC Solar to market energy storage systems.
NOVEMBER 30, 2015 | PHOENIX, ARIZONA & RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA
The U.S. Army Reserve (USAR) and REC Solar today announced the interconnection of two solar energy carports totaling 280 kW at USAR offices in Arizona and California. The solar arrays support the Department of Defense’s (DoD) mandate of procuring 25 percent of its total facility energy from renewable sources by 2025.
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.
The number of U.S. businesses with solar energy installations grew to a new high in 2015. Enterprises ranging from family-run companies to some of the country’s biggest corporations are producing their own energy, cutting operating expenses, and achieving environmental sustainability. A recent report from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) provides data and insights into the diverse mix of corporate offices, office buildings, retail, manufacturing, data centers, distribution and logistics centers, and convention centers that have gone solar.
Combining solar and energy storage can generate significant value for commercial energy customers. Due to technology improvements and cost reductions, installing storage with solar can maximize energy savings potential and, with innovative financing solutions, it can be accomplished without using valuable capex dollars.
2015 was another record-breaking year for REC Solar. Before we turn our focus entirely to 2016, I’d like to reflect on the path we’ve travelled and recognize those who made it possible. Here’s my “top 10 list” of reasons we’re thankful and excited for the New Year:
Great news for businesses looking to go solar! On the heels of the landmark global climateagreement in Paris, the U.S. Congress voted to extend the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for solar energy investments by five years. This decision will help thousands of businesses across America achieve savings and sustainability with advanced solar technology.
If you work at a manufacturing center, logistics hub, or warehouse operation, the value of installing a solar energy system has never been stronger.Escalating utility rates and decreasing solar system costs, in addition to attractive local and national incentives, have led hundreds of American manufacturers to embrace solar energy to reduce operating expenses, limit cost variability, and demonstrate environmental sustainability.
A well-constructed commercial solar system is highly resilient to extreme weather conditions; however, heavy snow combined with high winds could dampen the energy production of a PV array and possibly damage a system’s structure and components. A well-organized solar O&M program can help avoid or rectify issues caused by the hands of Mother Nature.
IN THE NEWS
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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