Arizona Public Service switches on Gila Bend Solar Power Plant

Gila Bend Solar Power Plant, an Arizona Public Service Co. (APS) facility, is now in operation. Black & Veatch provided engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) for the solar power plant. Overland Contracting Inc., a unit of Black & Veatch, performed construction.

The Gila Bend Plant is the seventh in a series of projects designed to meet renewable energy goals set by APS' AZ Sun program. The 32 MW facility harnesses Arizona's vast solar power resources to meet the energy needs of 8,000 homes and businesses in the area.

Black & Veatch used Lean Construction principles to improve the productivity of tracker and photovoltaic module installation. Work tools included waste identification and reduction, and the Opportunity for Improvement (OFI) Program that incentivized the team to provide simple solutions to make work safer and more productive. Construction began in October 2013. The 12-month project brought more than 150 jobs to Arizona.

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