Solar integrator Sunetric, formerly known as Suntech Hawaii, says it has completed the largest rooftop solar project in the state. The 803 kW project features 17 distinct photovoltaic systems covering the roofs at the Kona Commons shopping center in Kailua-Kona and generates nearly 1.2 million kWh of electricity per year.
‘We are pleased with the results of our collaboration with Suntech Hawaii to create this first-of-its-kind system,’ says BJ Kobayashi, CEO of Kobayashi Group, which developed Kona Commons in partnership with The MacNaughton Group. ‘We can now offer power to our tenants, at a lower and more consistent rate than they would pay from the utility. The beauty of this system is it can be customized as tenants move or expand their space, and it also offers a new stream of revenue potential from the property.’
Each photovoltaic system is net metered, with tenants entering into separate agreements with the developer to purchase solar power from the PV system associated with its meter.