Sunetric, formerly known as Suntech Hawaii, has completed the 803 kilowatt (kW) rooftop solar project in Hawaii. The project consists of 17 distinct photovoltaic (PV) systems. These PV systems cover the roofs at the Kona Commons shopping center in Kailua-Kona. It will generate around 1.2 million kWh of electricity per annum. Each PV system is net metered, with tenants entering into separate agreements with the developer to buy solar power from the PV system associated with its meter.

We are pleased with the results of our collaboration with Suntech Hawaii to create this first-of-its-kind system, says BJ Kobayashi, chief executive officer 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.