2012 Photovoltaic Projects of Distinction Award Presented to Arizona Western College and PPA Partners for Landmark 5MW Multi-Technology Solar Installation and Program

March 21, 2012

The 5MW multi-technology solar installation at Arizona Western College (AWC) in Yuma, AZ was recognized Wednesday morning by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) as one of the three most unique photovoltaic projects of  2012.  The announcement and ceremony took place at PV America’s annual conference in San Jose, CA.

This system is composed of five one-megawatt sites across the campus, and will offset nearly 100% of the campus’s daytime electricity, while saving the College approximately $62 Million over the lifetime of the contract.

“This prestigious award shows what is possible on our nations Community College Campuses. Having our project recognized with this award proves what a resource our Community Colleges truly are. When complete the AWC Solar Program will provide opportunities for community involvement, valuable research, data and curriculum support for the School and for Arizona. Furthermore, additional incubation sites that new and existing technologies can access will be available for them to measure their performance under Yuma and Arizona’s amazing Solar Resource.” said Bruce Mercy CEO of PPA Partners after the award ceremony.

“These are exciting times for the U.S. solar industry and the recipients of these awards exemplify energy innovation at its best,” said Rhone Resch, president and CEO of SEIA. More than 84 projects were evaluated by a panel of independent judges, determining the uniqueness and collective benefit to the community. Judges also looked for innovative use of policy and financing to enhance the project’s impact, according to SEPA and SEIA.

The project was financed and will be owned throughout the 30 year contract by Mainstreet Power, and was constructed by Rosendin Electric.

The installation was facilitated by the APS Renewable Energy Incentive Program, which offers financial incentives to residential and commercial customers.  The Program is funded by APS customers and approved by the Arizona Corporation Commission.

The technologies include CPV panels from SolFocus and GreenVolts, Thin Film panels from Sharp Solar, Mono Crystalline panels from SolarWorld and Poly Crystalline panels from Suntech. The system will utilize single-axis trackers from SunEdison and dual-axis trackers from SolFocus and GreenVolts; the tracking systems allow the panels to continually track the movement of the sun in order to maximize electricity generation. The system utilizes Satcon Inverters.

PPA Partners LLC is a project developer of distributed generation solar programs across North America, specializing in Colleges and Universities interested in saving on their Energy bills, and creating unique learning and revenue generation opportunities.