Solon Equips Arizona Schools with Solar Power Systems

Solon Corporation, the U.S. subsidiary of Solon SE, will equip several schools in Arizona with photovoltaic systems by the end of 2010. The project capacity is planned to be a total of 8.7 megawatts (MW).

The first sub-project was completed last year with the commissioning of a 1 MW system in December 2009. Solon Corporation will plan and install the roofmounted solar power plants as part of two turnkey projects for two school districts in Phoenix, Arizona. It will also be in charge of operating and providing maintenance for the systems.

The solar modules used for the project will be manufactured in Solon’s factory in Tucson, Arizona. As established in power purchase agreements (PPA), the school districts will buy back the solar energy they generate from Solon Corporation at a fixed price.

Solon also closed a project deal with the Greek company NRG-ORION for the delivery of solar modules with a total capacity of 1.5 MW. The Solon modules will be used to construct a ground-mounted PV system at the headquarters of Kronos SA, Europe’s largest producer of canned peaches, which will be Greece’s largest single axis tracking solar power plant so far. The power plant is scheduled to be finished and connected to the grid in August.

Solon has delivered solar modules with a total capacity of 3 MW to Greece since 2008. This corresponds to a market share of about 6% of the total PV output installed in Greece, which Solon currently estimates to be around 50 MW.

“Thanks to its geographic conditions Greece has a great potential for solar energy. The successful conclusion of the contract confirms our opinion that this country is a market with good future prospects,” said Stefan Säuberlich, CEO of Solon. “We are happy to be able to offer our customers premium-quality solar modules by SOLON and to confirm our leading position in the Greece solar market through this project,” says Theodosios Matopoulos, General Manager of NRG-ORION.