Tuscon’s SOLON Corporation has teamed up with SunEdison to bring more solar home. The 2 companies have contracted a 20 year power point agreement (PPA) for 5 MW of solar. Pima County, Arizona will reap the benefits of the construction and development agreement for the 11 solar projects. These will be found at the county Elections Center, recreational areas and civic buildings, as well as over 1,800 solar canopy parking spots. The county has entered into a 20 year PPA, which is expected to result in significant energy savings.
“By powering their civic buildings with clean and cost effective solar power, Pima County officials are saving taxpayer dollars and catalyzing economic growth in their community,” stated Rafael Dobrzynski, SunEdison senior vice president and general manager of commercial and industrial solar. “To provide customers like Pima County with industry leading solutions, we team with talented local partners like SOLON. Together, we’re able to deliver best-in-class financing and exceptional execution, built on regional expertise, local relationships, and community engagement.”
SunEdison and SOLON have partnered on more than 22 solar projects to date, totaling more than 13 megawatts of clean, reliable energy.
“SOLON’s partnership with SunEdison is a win-win,” said Brian Seibel, SOLON general manager. “Pima County receives flexible, industry leading project financing coupled with unmatched, local EPC expertise. Our ongoing relationship with SunEdison allows SOLON to access world class financing, high-efficiency SunEdison solar panels, access to construction capital, and management expertise. We look forward to completing these 11 projects, and many more, with them.”
Construction is expected to begin at the end of the year. The projects are expected to be complete by the end of 2016.
At a time when the future of solar in Arizona is unclear, projects such as this one send a clear message that solar is here to stay.