Event Date: July 17, 2017
Contact: Environmental Program Coordinator
Telephone: (505) 863-1393
Allison Rd Solar Park Now Producing Power – Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
The City of Gallup will be celebrating its 9.8 megawatt solar park with a ribbon cutting ceremony on site at 10:00 a.m. on July 17, 2018.
Gallup Mayor Jackie McKinney and the City Council approved a 25 year power purchase agreement December 13, 2016 to get the project started. The single-axis tracker array includes 28,896, 340 watt photovoltaic solar modules. Allison Rd Solar Park is located on approximately 35 acres of City-owned property located south of I-40, between Allison Road and Munoz Overpass (Hwy NM-602). The City will save roughly $20,000 the first year of operation over power purchased from our electrical provider, and will save approximately $785,000 by the end of the eighth year of operation. This environmental friendly project will generate enough electricity to power 2,500 homes and offset production of 3,500,000 pounds of carbon dioxide annually.
Standard Solar a leading solar energy company specializing in the development and financing of solar electric systems nationwide, financed the project. Mangan Renewables, a division of Mangan Inc., which provides renewable energy solutions for customers nationwide, developed the project in partnership with Wiser Capital and their proprietary underwriting platform. Standard Solar will own and operate the solar array. Construction is complete and the array is operating and producing power.
“With nearly 280 sunny days on average each year, Gallup is the ideal site for solar generation,” said Scott Wiater, president & CEO, Standard Solar. “Access to our in-house capital proved the ideal scenario to get this deal done so Gallup and its residents can reap the benefits of solar.” The Power Purchase Agreement provides for the City to purchase all production from the plant over the 25 year term. The City will have the option to purchase the facility any time after the seventh year of commercial operation at fair market value.
The project has provided local employment opportunities for 58 jobs during the construction phase. Employment for ongoing solar operation will includes 2 cleaning laborers, and a security laborer.
The public is invited to the ceremony which will take place on site near Allison Road just north of the Puerco River. A parking area will be available next to the location of the ceremony. Allison Road may be accessed from NM-118 on the south side or the Allison crossing under I-40 during the morning of the ceremony.
About Standard Solar
Standard Solar, Inc. is a leading solar energy company specializing in the development and financing of solar electric systems nationwide. Dedicated to making Distributed Generation (DG) solar more accessible to businesses, institutions, governments and utilities, the company is forging the path for clean, renewable energy development through turnkey solutions. With more than 100 megawatts installed, financed or maintained, Standard Solar is one of the most trusted and respected solar companies. Named one of the Fastest Growing Private Companies in America for four consecutive years by Inc. Magazine, Standard Solar operates nationally and is headquartered in Rockville, Md. For more information, please visit www.standardsolar.com
PR Contact for Standard Solar:
Wilkinson + Associates
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