Solon talks public solar energy in AZ

SOLON recently announced a contract with Arizona Public Service to develop, build and manage an 18MW solar power plant. According to Dan Alcombright, regional VP/GM at SOLON, the system — including the modules and single-axis tracker — will harvest ~25% more energy than a conventional fixed-tilt system.

(October 12, 2010) — SOLON recently announced a contract with Arizona Public Service, a utility company, to develop, build and manage an 18MW solar power plant, which is scheduled for completion by the 4th quarter of 2011. According to Dan Alcombright, regional VP/GM at SOLON, the system — including the modules and single-axis tracker — will harvest ~25% more energy than a conventional fixed-tilt system. Alcombright discusses details of the system design and deployment in a podcast interview.

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The company has also introduced a new financing model that targets school districts interested in achieving the energy savings associated with solar PV. The company has built, and is currently building, over 8MW of school projects in Arizona, where the state flag symbolically depicts sun rays, financed through solar services agreements (SSAs) between SOLON and the schools. By bundling the energy needs of ~10 schools and over 40 school buildings, transaction fees are lowered, as well as legal fees and financing costs; additionally, the process enhances efficiencies in the design process and purchasing supply chain.

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