NORTHERN GILA COUNTY SANITARY DISTRICT TO SAVE $250,000 DUE TO SOLAR ENERGY SAVINGS
PAYSON, ARIZONA [January 2, 2014] —Northern Gila County Sanitary District today announced the completion of the photovoltaic solar system at their water reclamation facility. The system was designed and constructed by SunEdison, Inc. (NYSE:SUNE) with support from APS Solar and Wilson Electric of Phoenix. SunEdison will monitor and manage the system after interconnection through its global Renewable Operations Center (ROC). The facility is located at 2200 W. Doll Baby Ranch Road.
The solar system will generate 60 percent of the District’s power needs and has a total output of more than 0.5 Megawatts (MW). The system was constructed at no up-front cost to the District, due to a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with SunEdison. Under the terms of the PPA, the District does not incur any construction costs, but agrees to purchase all electricity from the system for the next 20 years. This is expected to save the District $250,000 over the course of the agreement.
“This is an exciting time for our District,” District Manager Joel Goode said. “Not only are we able to have safe, reliable and cost-effective energy being produced at our facility, but the environmental savings are also significant. This solar system is a benefit to the entire community.”
“Being part of a project that helps taxpayers save money to reinvest in other programs is a privilege,” Attila Toth, General Manager, North America Distributed Generation for SunEdison, said. “The Northern Gila Sanitary District is a forward thinking organization and role model for other organizations charged with stewardship of ratepayer funds.”
The solar system will have the carbon-offset equivalent of 655 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions. This would be comparable to the annual greenhouse gas emissions of 136 passenger cars and the CO2 emissions of 73,418 gallons of gasoline. The Carbon sequestered or saved by the system is equivalent to 537 acres of U.S. forest per year.
“The District and its partners are proud to be a part of this joint venture which will benefit our community and environment for many years to come,” said Dr. Robert Sanders, Chairman of the District Board of Directors.