Onyx Renewable Partners L.P., “Onyx”, announces the commissioning of seven projects across Pima County, Arizona. The combined projects total nearly 3 MWDC and will generate 4,974,428 kWh in the first full year of operation. Pima County will reduce its overall CO2 emissions by about 62,152 tons, equal to taking 13,085 vehicles off the road over 20 years. The off-takers have signed a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement.
Onyx is the owner of the solar systems and provided the financing for the projects. Onyx worked with a Tucson-based developer and EPC, Solon Corporation, who developed and provided the EPC services for all seven solar PV carports.
Individual project information, constructed in three phases:
The Pima Air & Space Museum, The Pima Natural Resources Parks and Recreation, achieved COD December 2016, Pima County Juvenile Courthouse – Meter 1, achieved COD March 2017 – totaling a little over 1 MWDC
Pima County Juvenile Court House – Meter 2, Medical Examiner’s Office, achieved COD May 2017 – totaling a little over 1 MWDC
Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium South Clubhouse and the Stadium building itself, achieved COD August 2017 – nearly 1 MWDC
Pima Air & Space Museum, located in Tucson, AZ, is a non-profit organization currently toting an impressive display of nearly 300 aircrafts, attracting visitors both near and far.
Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium, seating 11,500, has been home to Major and Minor League Baseball, College Football, and Major League Soccer teams in the past and today. The stadium has become a landmark in Pima County, attracting sports fans and tourists from across the US and Mexico.
The Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation does everything from “caring for stately saguaros in Tucson Mountain Park to overseeing after-school recreation programs,” per their website. They are an integral part of the Pima County residents’ lifestyle by providing access and upkeep to some of Arizona’s most beautiful natural recreation areas. Consequentially, they understand the importance of utilizing renewable energy for environmental conservation.
“Onyx is excited to announce the completion of seven projects for Pima County that has and will continue to spur their economy through job creation and energy savings,” says Onyx CEO, Matthew Rosenblum. One of the sunniest states in the U.S., Arizona ranks third in solar electric capacity installed through 2016 (behind California and North Carolina) with 3,151 MW installed, per the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). Onyx, Pima County, and the entire Arizona solar industry are hopeful for a brighter future.
“Onyx and Pima County are tremendous long-term partners who lead the way in expanding clean energy with Arizona’s most abundant resource,” says Solon President, Brian Seibel.