The Arlington Valley Solar Energy II (AV Solar II) utility-scale installation has been unveiled in southwest Arizona. Kyocera (News - Alert) Solar, a manufacturer of photovoltaic equipment is providing 25* megawatts (MW) of solar modules for the 127MW photovoltaic (PV) installation.
Company representatives were joined on Friday by LS Power and Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to officially open the AV Solar II.
Steve Hill, the president of Kyocera Solar noted the unveiling as a landmark event, saying, “Today's opening of the AV Solar II mega-installation marks a major milestone in Kyocera's four decades of manufacturing high-quality, long-lasting solar modules.”
All the Kyocera modules included in the project made in the U.S, which Hill addressed.
“We're proud to provide U.S.-made products to this utility-scale installation, which adds to the mega-installations around the world showcasing Kyocera’s unrivaled solar solutions including a 204MW project in Thailand and a 70MW installation in Kagoshima, Japan,” Hill said.
The 245-watt and 315-watt modules were manufactured in Kyocera’s San Diego production facility. They are continuing to be installed on approximately 1,160 acres near Arizona’s Hassayampa Substation in Maricopa County.
Once finished, the project’s 127MW-generating capacity will place it among the largest solar PV installations in North America. LS Power developed the AV Solar II project, and it is the company’s largest solar facility to date.
John King, executive vice president of LS Power suggested that Kyocera was a clear choice for the project. Kyocera has been in the solar technology business for 37 years.
“Kyocera’s stellar reputation in the solar industry is based on decades-long proven quality and high-efficiency, two important characteristics in our decision to use Kyocera modules for a significant portion of AV Solar II’s module supply,” King said.
Block 1 of the five-section installation is already live. The remaining sections are expected to be rolled into action later this year.
Edited by Rich Steeves