Arizona State University (ASU) has marked the completion of the first phase of its plan to install 12 MW of solar power systems across its campuses. The five installations in this phase have a combined capacity of 1.88 MW and represent the largest solar portfolio on a single U.S. university campus, ASU says.
Solar project developer CarbonFree Technology developed three of the five installations, which have a combined capacity of 1.7 MW. The installations include single-axis tracking canopies mounted on top of ASU's Apache and Stadium parking structures, and a fixed-tilt installation on the roof of Lattie F. Coor Hall.
For the projects developed by CarbonFree, ASU elected to enter into a photovoltaic system services management agreement. The university will pay a monthly fee for the electricity generated and related services. The systems are owned and operated by Sun Devil Solar LLC, a subsidiary of Integrys Energy Services Inc. Under the agreement, ASU has an annual option to buy the system outright starting at the end of the sixth year.
SOURCES: Arizona State University, CarbonFree Technology