At a dedication event in Coconino County today, SunEdison, Inc. (SUNE), the largest global renewable energy development company, celebrated the commissioning of 1.2 megawatts (MW) DC of solar carport and rooftop systems at four Coconino County, Ariz., government facilities. The buildings include the county's King Street Community Services building, law enforcement administration facility, juvenile detention center and correctional facility.
Coconino County is buying the solar power generated by the systems through a 25-year power purchase agreement, and estimates that they will save $2.7 million over the life of the agreement.
"By powering their buildings with clean, cost effective solar power, Coconino County is saving taxpayer dollars and driving economic growth in the community," said Mark Domine, SunEdison senior director for channel sales. "Coconino County is a leader in renewable energy, and these high performance SunEdison systems will ensure that the county is putting their abundant sunlight to good use."
"This solar project meets multiple county objectives: it saves taxpayer dollars through smart fiscal planning, improves county infrastructure, and demonstrates our leadership in the deployment of renewable energy technologies," said Art Babbott, Coconino County Board of Supervisors chair. "We look forward to reaping the economic and environmental benefits of this partnership with SunEdison for years to come."
The solar systems are expected to generate enough energy each year to power more than 190 homes and avoid the emission of more than 3 million pounds of carbon dioxide, the equivalent to taking 300 cars off the road.
Operation and maintenance of the solar installations will be performed by SunEdison Services, which provides global asset management, monitoring and reporting services.