Constellation and the Somerton School District have completed an aggregate 1.6 MW solar generation project in Yuma County, Ariz.
Located at five sites – Desert Sonora Elementary School, Orange Grove Elementary School, Somerton Middle School, Tierra del Sol Elementary School and Valle del Encanto Learning Center – the installations are expected to collectively generate enough electricity to meet approximately 60% of the schools' electricity needs.
Constellation owns and maintains the solar power systems. Somerton School District purchases the electricity generated by the solar panels from Constellation under a 20-year solar services agreement.
The project consists of approximately 6,600 photovoltaic panels located on 10 carports and eight shade structures and is expected to generate approximately 2.3 million kWh of electricity annually.
The installation was initially developed by Kennedy Partners and Smart Energy Capital, and built by CORE Construction. It was facilitated, in part, by Arizona Public Service's incentive program.