Astrosol to build 6.1 MW a-Si thin film PV plant at UA Tech Park in Tucson, Arizona

UA Tech Park in Tucson, Arizona
UA Tech Park in Tucson, Arizona

The University of Arizona Science and Technology Park (UA Tech Park; Tucson) on January 15th, 2012, announced its newest, multinational solar tenant, AstroSol Tech Park AZ LLC (AstroSol). 
 
AstroSol will own and operate a 6.1 megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) facility using thin-film, amorphous silicon modules from Astronergy (Hangzhou, China), mounted on a fixed-tilt racking structure from Schletter Inc. (Tucson, Arizona). 

“We literarily hit the ground running the last week of December 2011,” said Carlos Mayer, Managing Owner of vis solis LLC as well as Chief Operating Officer of AstroSol Inc. 

“This was possible because of the great relationship Astronergy had built with the Tech Park Authorities, Tucson Electric Power, North American Development Bank, and other stakeholders of the project.”    


Solar power to be distributed to the metropolitan area of Tucson

The power generated from the facility will be sold directly to Tucson Electric Power (TEP) and distributed to the metropolitan area of Tucson. AstroSol anticipates the project to displace over 7,700 metric tons of carbon dioxide, meeting the electrical requirements of about 1,000 homes per year.

The multinational solar company is a partnership between Astronergy Solar Inc., a Chinese solar panel maker, and Solmotion GmbH, a German solar project developer, uniting into the newly formed company AstroSol Inc., who owns all member interest in the special purpose project company AstroSol Tech Park AZ LLC.  The project is managed by vis solis LLC, Franklin, TN, the U.S. subsidiary of Solmotion.  


Thin film for use in many large-scale applications

This project will bring a new solar technology application into the Solar Zone. With the industry`s average conversion efficiency currently between 6 -8%, the 9% conversion efficiency of Astronergy`s thin film makes it highly competitive for use in many large-scale applications. The manufacturing process consumes fewer raw materials and less energy, which makes it more cost effective, closing the gap between renewable energies and traditional energies.  Under high temperatures like in Arizona and low light, Astronergy`s high efficiency tandem thin film modules convert electricity more effectively than many other types of photovoltaic modules.

AstroSol Tech Park AZ LLC recently received certification from the Border Environment Cooperation Commission and received financial approval for a USD 13.15 million loan from the Board of Directors of the North American Development Bank to construct the project.  Construction on the 38.5-acre parcel of land in the Solar Zone commenced in December 2011 with power generation anticipated in May 2012.


UA Tech Park has emerged as one of the leaders for the testing and evaluation of leading solar technologies at the utility grid level

“The Solar Zone is the ideal environment for cutting-edge solar technologies to be evaluated side-by-side. The UA Tech Park has emerged as one of the leaders for the testing and evaluation of leading solar technologies at the utility grid level,” said Bruce Wright, the Associate Vice President for University Research Parks. “AstroSol and vis solis complement the Solar Zone with its unique multinational perspective and technology collaboration.”

 

 

2012-02-17| Courtesy: UA Tech Park | solarserver.com © Heindl Server GmbH 

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