Solar

Suntech to Power 1.6-MW PV Project at Arizona State University

Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd. announced it has been selected to supply 1.6 megawatts (MW) of solar panels to Sun Devil Solar LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Integrys Energy Services, for its project with Arizona State University (ASU). The project will be installed on top of two elevated parking structures in the middle of the ASU’s main campus and will use a tracking system. The solar installations are set to be completed by the end of 2008.

The total project size of 1.6 MW makes it one of the largest university installations in the United States. It will generate more than 3 million kilowatt-hours annually, enough electric generating capacity to run approximately 3,680 computers at the university.

“We are pleased our ground-breaking project will be powered by Suntech solar panels. Suntech’s high quality panels will ensure ASU is able to reap the benefits of clean, green solar energy for many years to come,” said Jonathan Fink, director of the Global Institute of Sustainability and university sustainability officer at ASU. “We believe in the potential of solar to become a cost-effective energy solution and hope that ASU’s large solar installation and solar R&D initiatives will encourage further solar adoption throughout Arizona and at other universities throughout the U.S.”

ASU has long term plans to install 7 MW of solar-generating capacity at its Tempe campus as well as other campus locations. The ASU solar installation is partly subsidized through a Renewable Incentive Program implemented by APS, Arizona’s largest electric utility.