Solon Corp., Tucson, Ariz., has completed 1.92 MW of solar systems for three Arizona school districts -- Liberty Unified School District, Ft. Huachuca School District and Pima County Joint Technical Education District (JTED). The systems are comprised of solar canopies and rooftop systems covering nine campuses and were all commissioned at the end of 2013.
Solon said 1.2 MW of canopy systems are deployed over four campuses in the Liberty Unified School District, located in Buckeye, Ariz.; 465 kW of canopy and rooftop systems are spread over two campuses in the Ft. Huachuca district located in Sierra Vista, Ariz.; and 257 kW of canopy systems are installed over three JTED campuses, located in Tucson. Solon designed, engineered, constructed, arranged financing, and commissioned all of the systems. As a full-service provider, the company will also continue to operate and maintain the systems.
"Solon is committed to providing money-saving solutions to schools. These photovoltaic systems empower Arizona school districts to meet their sustainability goals,” said Bill Richardson, Solon’s general manager, in a press release. “Solar canopies are an excellent option for schools to produce their own reliable energy at reduced cost as well as provide shade for students, faculty and staff. We are excited to be a preferred partner for Arizona schools.”
For all of the systems, solar power will be provided to the school district through solar service agreements (SSA). Through this type of agreement, the district had no upfront investment, nor will they incur any annual expenditure over the systems’ lifetime to benefit from the clean electricity they generate.