Duke Energy Renewables has expanded its PV portfolio in Arizona following completion of its 10MW Black Mountain Solar Project which became operational in mid-December.
The company had purchased the project from Solon Corporation in May 2012 and represents Duke Energy Renewables’ 13th 100%-owned commercial solar project.
Located near Kingman, Solon designed and constructed the PV facility and will continue to handle operations, monitoring and maintenance of the system. During the construction phase, the project created more than 250 local jobs.
The solar array is equipped with 42,000 PV modules which will help to produce enough electricity to power around 1,900 home every year.
Output generated by the facility is being sold to UniSource Energy Services (UES) under a 20-year power purchase agreement. The project is the largest solar array in UES’s renewable energy portfolio.
Commenting on the achievement, the President of Duke Energy Renewables Greg Wolf said: “The Black Mountain solar farm joins our growing portfolio of projects in Arizona. With Black Mountain now producing electricity, Duke Energy has established a solid presence in the state with 37 MW of solar power in commercial operation. We’re pleased to be bringing clean, renewable energy from the Black Mountain project to Arizona homes and businesses.”
In addition to Black Mountain, Duke Energy Renewables has four other commercial solar projects in Arizona, namely the 5MW Ajo Solar Project, the 15MW Bagdad Solar Project, the 1.5MW Prescott Valley Solar Project and the 6MW Gato Montes Solar Project.