The award is in recognition of the 2011 installation of a five-megawatt solar power system for Arizona Western College. Rosendin Electric served as the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor on the project. Main Street Power Company, Inc. was the solar financier, PPA Partners was the developer, and Arizona Public Service (APS) was the local utility.
The award-winning project included five one-megawatt sites positioned around the campus using concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) panels from SolFocus Inc. and GreenVolts, Inc., Thin Film panels from Sharp Solar, Mono Crystalline panels from SolarWorld AG, and Poly Crystalline panels from Suntech. Utilizing single-axis trackers from OSolar and dual-axis trackers from SolFocus and GreenVolts allows the panels to continually align their position with the sun in order to maximize generation of electricity. This is the first time that these five components have been combined into a utility-grade array.
The system was designed by Rosendin Electric to produce enough electricity to meet all of the campus’s daytime power needs. It is estimated that the new solar array will save the college $40 million over the next 30 years through the college’s purchase agreement with Main Street Power. The project also serves as the basis for a demonstration system for researchers and a new course of study for students. The curriculum will include a Certificate of Renewable Energy degree program, and hands-on educational support for workforce training and continuing education programs.
“This was an innovative solar project and we are delighted to receive such a prestigious industry award as recognition for our design-build work,” said David Lincoln, Division Manager, Solar Operations, for Rosendin Electric. “Arizona Western College gave us a real challenge and with the help of our partners, the end result was a groundbreaking project that will not only save AWC money in energy costs, but will also help the students shape the future of the solar industry.”
About Rosendin Electric
Rosendin Electric, Inc., headquartered in San Jose, California, is a 100% employee-owned electrical engineering, power and communications provider and is one of the largest privately held electrical contractors in the United States. With over 2,500 employees, Rosendin Electric has offices and experience nationwide and has built upon a 90-year reputation for quality design and installations. For additional information, visit http://www.rosendin.com.
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