Let the sunshine in

Arizona's largest private commercial solar power system installed in Verde Valley

It's well known that Arizona has plentiful sunshine year round. To harness this free and abundant natural resource, Genesis Worldwide Enterprises recently installed Arizona's largest private commercial solar power system right here in the Verde Valley.

To celebrate the completed installation of the new 84 kilowatt photovoltaic power system Genesis officially powered up last week, with guests and speakers former U.S. Congressman Matt Salmon and Arizona Corporation Commissioner Kris Mayes at its facility in Cottonwood.

"Genesis Worldwide is setting an example for other Arizona businesses by installing this photovoltaic power system," said Salmon, the current national chairman of Americans for Solar Power. "When private businesses and utilities work together to develop more distributed solar resources, all of Arizona benefits by creating new jobs and diminishing our dependence on out-of-state energy supplies."

"This project demonstrates that the State of Arizona can be a leader in solar energy production," Mayes said. "We can harness the sun's renewable power and in the process help small businesses lower their overall energy costs."

The new power system, installed on the roof of the facility's warehouse, will generate over 150,000 kilowatt-hours of clean, renewable energy each year, equivalent to the amount needed to power 20 homes per year. The system was designed and installed by American Solar Electric, a Phoenix-based integrator of photovoltaic power systems.

Bob Flynn, president of Genesis Worldwide described the reasons for the installation: "We saw a distinct advantage in utilizing the considerable solar energy resource available to us here in Arizona. Our company strives to reduce its impact on the environment wherever possible.

"Installing the solar panels not only helps us achieve this, but also offers long-term economic benefits with a relatively short-term payback. It's a win-win environmentally and economically."

"The grid-tied photovoltaic power system installed at Genesis Worldwide's facility is a major accomplishment for our company," said Sean Seitz, president of American Solar Electric. "We are very fortunate to have a forward-thinking customer that sees value in setting a major portion of their energy costs at a fixed rate for the next 25-plus years. We have experienced an increase in customer demand for solar systems simply due to escalating energy costs. A photovoltaic power system on your home or business is one of the only ways you can control a portion of your electricity costs. In addition, photovoltaic power systems generate no emissions and require no water to operate, unlike coal or natural gas power plants, thereby benefiting your environment too."

How Solar Energy Works

Photovoltaic modules generate electricity by converting photons of sunlight into DC electrical current. The DC electrical current is transformed into utility-grade power by an inverter and is then used to power AC electrical loads on the property where the system is installed. When excess power from the solar system is available, it is sold back to the utility company for a credit on the customer's bill.

The photovoltaic power system on Genesis Worldwide's facility is unique in that all 448 solar modules installed on the warehouse roof are mounted using a non-penetrating attachment method. This method of attachment ensures roof longevity and also saves time on the installation of the solar array, thereby reducing the installed cost of the system. The PV system also incorporates a complete Data Acquisition System, which allows 'real-time' monitoring of system performance on a computer located within the offices of Genesis Worldwide.

EPS Credit Purchase Program

As contained in the Arizona Corporation Commission's Environmental Portfolio Standard, APS has a current requirement to supply (1 percent) of its retail energy sales with renewable energy - 60 percent of which must be solar-electric resources. As part of Arizona Public Service Company's (APS) EPS Credit Purchase Program, Genesis Worldwide will receive an 'incentive' payment from the power company equal to 50 percent of the system's installed cost. In exchange for the incentive payment, Genesis Worldwide will allow APS to apply the environmental credits generated by the system to the utility's solar-electric requirement.

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