Uni-Solar Ovonic Installs Solar Solution for AZ Library

October 26, 2003 by Jeff Shepard

United Solar Ovonic LLC (Ovonic Solar), a leader in thin-film, amorphous, silicon, solar technology, and a wholly owned subsidiary of Energy Conversion Devices Inc. (ECD, Rochester Hills, MI), announced the installation of a Uni-Solar Ovonic system delivering 24kW at the Red Mountain Branch Library in Mesa, AZ. The Uni-Solar Ovonic solar energy system installation is the result of a cooperative effort between the Salt River Project, a utility that serves the metropolitan Phoenix area, and the City of Mesa.

Uni-Solar Ovonic's solar energy system was installed on several different parking shade structures in early April and now helps offset the library's power consumption. Based on this installation, SRP and the City of Mesa estimate that the system will produce more than 40,000kW/h of clean, pollution-free electricity per year. The overall installation is a combination of two different shade structure systems, containing more than 230 Uni-Solar Ovonic panels and covering over 6,000ft². The shade structures protect library visitors and their automobiles from various weather elements, and provide a base for Uni-Solar Ovonic's thin-film panels.