Permitting process underway for solar power project in Arizona

Arizona Public Service and McCarthy Building Cos. on Sept. 13 said they have started the permitting process for the 14 MW Hyder II Solar Power Plant in Hyder, Ariz.

APS selected McCarthy to engineer, procure the materials and construct the facility. The project will include more than 71,000 single-axis tracker PV panels. Construction on Hyder II is expected to begin in April, with commercial operation expected to take place in late 2013.

Hyder II is the sixth solar power project for APS under the AZ Sun Program. The five-year AZ Sun Program was approved by the Arizona Corporation Commission and enables APS to invest in the development of up to 200 MW of solar photovoltaic plants across Arizona by 2015.

With Hyder II, the program has 68 MW under development and about 50 MW online.

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