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APS Announces Plans for Hyder II Solar Plant

By Joyce Lobeck for the Yuma Sun

APS’ Hyder I, an 18.8MW facility, is the predecessor of the new Hyder II

McCarthy Building Cos. has been selected to construct Hyder II, a 14-megawatt facility, scheduled to begin in April, the third solar project the contractor has worked on for APS. The project will bring 150 local construction jobs.

In addition, APS issued a request for proposal in August for another 32-MW solar plant to be constructed in Gila Bend. When completed in 2014, the new Gila Bend plant will provide electricity to more than 8,000 Arizona homes.

Hyder II will sit adjacent to the existing 16-MW Hyder plant, which is located on the eastern edge of Yuma County about 15 miles north of Interstate 8 off Agua Caliente Road. Hyder I went online in October 2011.

Commercial operations are expected to be online by December 2013, announced Arizona Public Service Co.

Located on 240 acres, the new project will include more than 71,000 single-axis tracker PV panels that will generate enough solar energy to power more than 3,500 Arizona homes. The single-axis tracker design enables the solar panels to follow the sun across the sky.

Hyder II is the sixth AZ Sun Project for APS, said Barbara Lockwood, APS general manager of energy innovation.

Work began last month on the Foothills project, located on 400 acres of state land off 40th Street between Foothills Boulevard and Fortuna Road. APS has hired Atlanta, Ga.-based AMEC to construct the facility. During construction, the project will create more than 100 jobs.

The Foothills plant is expected to come online in two phases — the first 17 MW will reach commercial operation by March 2013; the remaining 18 MW will reach commercial operation by December 2013. When fully operational, it will generate enough power for approximately 8,700 homes. The power will serve Yuma-area customers.

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