Arizona Public Service (APS) says that the 17 MW Cotton Center solar plant has come online in Gila Bend, Ariz. The installation was developed and constructed by Solon.
Cotton Center is located on 145 acres and consists of more than 93,000 photovoltaic panels placed in 1,662 rows. The panels follow the sun across the sky using a single-axis tracking system.
Gila Bend also is home to Paloma, APS' first AZ Sun facility, which reached commercial operation in August, the utility adds. Just outside of Gila Bend, the 250 MW Solana Generating Station is currently under construction and is set to begin commercial operation in mid-2013.