Gehrlicher Solar America Corp. recently completed Phase 1 of a 7.2MWp solar park for UniSource Energy Service (UES) in Rio Rico, Ariz. Phase 1 is 4MW solar array. Phase 2 will be completed in December 2013 and commissioned in January 2014.

When fully operational, the ground-mounted system will supply power to about 91,000 UES customers in Mohave and Santa Cruz counties, producing 13,110,680kWhr of clean solar power annually, eliminating 10,197 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), which equals the tailpipe emissions from approximately 2,000 automobiles.

Employing a proprietary Gehrlicher Engineered Solution (GES) set, the company is responsible for the design, engineering and construction of the solar project located on 37.5 acres. A GES assures long-term power yield providing an optimized, individualized solution for the specific location while making efficient and low-cost use of the technology components. The UES-owned Rio Rico generation facility consists of 24,400 fixed-tilt solar modules and four inverters. Gehrlicher chose Southwest Energy Solutions to perform the electrical portion of the work on the system.