Thursday, September 30, 2010

SOLON to Develop and Build Breakthrough 18MW Solar Power Plant for Arizona Public Service

TUCSON, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Tucson-based SOLON Corporation, one of the largest crystalline silicon solar module manufacturers and provider of turnkey solar power plants in the U.S., today announced a contract with Arizona Public Service (APS) to develop, design and construct an 18-megawatt (MW) solar power plant featuring SOLON’s turnkey system design, high-efficiency modules and single-axis trackers. APS, Arizona's largest and longest-serving electric utility, serves more than 1.1 million customers in the state.  

Once installed this system will be one of the largest photovoltaic (PV) systems in the country, creating more than 550 local jobs during construction, and ultimately capable of generating enough solar energy to power more than 4,500 homes. Located on 145 acres of land, the system is scheduled to start construction in the first quarter of 2011 and be completed in 2011. APS will own and operate the solar production facility.

As a complete PV system provider, SOLON is handling the Gila Bend, Ariz.-based project for APS every step of the way—from site development and system design, to engineering, procurement and construction. The project features SOLON’s Velocity MW Solar System, which will provide 18 preconfigured, one-megawatt modular solar fields specifically designed to help utilities quickly scale to capacity. In total, SOLON will provide the APS system with 108 robust SOLON-engineered single axis trackers, utilizing over 75,000 high-efficiency, industrial solar modules.

“We are pleased to be teaming with SOLON to bring our customers more solar power. This new solar plant is part of APS’ company-wide mission of creating a sustainable energy future for Arizona,” said Brad Albert, General Manager Resources Acquisition and Renewable Energy for APS.

The SOLON Velocity MW Solar System consists of standardized clusters, which reduce the number of components with a proportional reduction in field installation labor. The preconfigured design also accelerates plant permitting and site development. When operated in conjunction with SOLON SCADA, a web-based system for remotely monitoring, controlling and reporting on a plant’s performance, Velocity MW offers the most comprehensive solution for achieving efficient solar plant development and ongoing management.

“Through our Velocity MW system, SOLON is delivering a breakthrough design for fast, reliable solar energy that will allow us to quickly scale the APS project to capacity,” said Dan Alcombright, Regional Vice President and General Manager of North America for SOLON. “We are proud to collaborate with APS on this milestone project - an effort that is reflective of SOLON’s dedication to producing the technology, superior solar solutions and jobs that advance the local Ariz. economy and the U.S. utility-scale solar energy market.”