Processing Magazine

Construction begins on solar project at Arizona water treatment facility

July 10, 2012

TUCSON, Ariz. — SOLON Corp., a U.S.-based provider of turnkey solar power plants and photovoltaic (PV) products, has begun construction on a 460 kilowatt (kW) photovoltaic (PV) system for the town of Gila Bend''s Reverse Osmosis (RO) Water Treatment Facility in Arizona.

The project development and system ownership is being financed through a state of Arizona grant — part of the Water Infrastructure Finance Authority (WIFA) grant awarded to the town of Gila Bend for drinking water infrastructure improvements.

Once completed, the system is expected to provide an 86% energy usage offset to the town''s RO Water Treatment Facility, resulting in significant annual electricity cost savings.

"Energy costs associated with operating a water treatment facility can account for a large portion of its total operating budget. These facilities also tend to have surrounding areas of land that are otherwise unusable," said Jared Schoch, vice president and general manager, power plants for SOLON. "SOLON''s proven experience building systems for water and wastewater treatment facilities combined with solar being an extremely efficient use of land is a winning combination and a great way to lower a facility''s operating costs."