Solar and Other Renewable Energy Projects
The city of Phoenix has a long-standing commitment to resource conservation and has been an active participant in energy conservation, energy efficiency and environmental preservation since the early 1980s.
The projects below highlight Phoenix's long-standing commitment to renewable resources and fiscal responsibility and are either city-owned or in partnership with local electric utilities.
Solar Energy Projects
Fire Station 72
The facility is being considered for the gold standard in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). When building the station, architects strived to create a sustainable site, looked out for water efficiency, used renewable and clean sources of energy, recycled materials and resources, and promoted strategies to improve indoor environmental quality. Read more »
Central Avenue Transit Canopies
Seventeen Phoenix Transit solar-powered shade canopies were constructed along Central Avenue during 1990-91, generating 1.5 kilowatt of power for security and night lighting of the transit system canopies.
North Mountain Park Security Lights
Two solar-powered security lights were installed in 1991 in remote areas of the park, avoiding an expensive grid extension project, generating 150 watts of power for night and security lighting of the two remote areas of the park.
South Mountain Park Restroom Facility
In 1995, roof-mounted PV panels were installed in a remote restroom facility in the park generating 200 watts of power for lighting and fans. This project avoided construction costs of providing utility-powered electricity to this remote location.
Transit Park and Ride, 40th Street and Pecos Road
In 2004, Phoenix partnered with Salt River Project in a utility-installed 100 kilowatt canopy-mounted photovoltaic system to generate renewable power and demonstrate viability of solar resources. Additional panels installed on the roof of the guard station provide electrical power for lights, computer and other plug-in loads.
North Gateway Solid Waste Transfer Station
In 2006, the new Solid Waste Transfer Station in north Phoenix was designed with a roof-mounted 7 kilowatt photovoltaic system to feed the facility and offset utility-purchased power. Additionally, 32 solar-powered fixtures were installed for lighting the employee and visitor parking lots.
Camp Colley, 50 miles north of Payson, developed to provide programs for disadvantaged Valley youth is powered by an 8.45 kilowatt off-grid photovoltaic system with back-up generation. The system was installed in summer 2006 and the camp is completely off the utility grid.
North Mountain Park Visitor Center
North Mountain Park was retrofitted in early 2007 with a 3.15 kilowatt roof-mounted PV system that is designed to offset utility-purchased power for the site. A display showing actual energy generation is mounted in the facility to provide electricity generation information to the visiting public and give on-site staff an opportunity to promote sustainability and renewable resources.
Pecos Community Center
Opened in January 2007, the Pecos facility has a 30 kilowatt roof-mounted PV system that is designed to offset utility-purchased power on site. The project, a partnership between the city and Salt River Project, is equivalent to the average annual energy needs of four Valley homes. A data acquisition system will make system information available via the Internet and a monitor in the lobby of the facility will be displaying power generation information and other environmental facts for the visiting public.
Phoenix Convention Center - West Building
Phoenix partnered with Arizona Public Service (APS) to develop a solar energy project on the West Building of the Phoenix Convention Center. The renewable power generated from this city-owned 100 kW roof-mounted PV system will provide power to the Phoenix Convention Center and will be equivalent to the average annual energy needs of 12 Valley homes. The project is scheduled for completion in early 2008.
Other Renewable Energy Projects
Skunk Creek Landfill Electric Generation
A 3,000 kilowatt power-generating plant is planned at the closed Skunk Creek Landfill utilizing methane gas from the site's own gas collection system. It is estimated that this project will generate output equivalent to the average power needs of 2,000 Valley homes.