Solon will be building a 10MW solar PV plant near Kingman, Arizona for UniSource Energy Services (UES), which, under a 20-year PPA, will allow the utility to provide renewable power to its customers without the upfront cost of the system installation. The 10MW array will accompany the 1.22MW UES-owned solar array that Solon developed near Kingman’s La Senita Elementary School.
Solon will finance, design, construct and maintain the system while UES purchases the electricity produced by the plant. Utilizing 60 of Solon’s single-axis trackers, the 10MW plant will feature over 40,000 utility solar modules and integrate Solon’s SCADA system to monitor and control the performance of the system.
“Our partnerships with SOLON are helping us satisfy our renewable energy goals while contributing to the growth of Arizona’s green economy,” said Tom McKenna, Vice President of Engineering and UES for parent company UniSource Energy Corporation (NYSE: UNS). “This PPA is part of a robust renewable energy portfolio designed to provide cost-effective renewable power for UES customers for decades to come.”
The UES plant will be installed across 60 acres of land near UES’ Black Mountain Generating Station. Solon advised that it had obtained the necessary permits for the projects in less than three months and will lead the engineering, procurement and construction of the facility. Construction is expected to begin this fall with the site commissioned and in-service by the first half of 2012.