Construction is scheduled to begin this October, while the facility should be online by next June. It is hoped that more than 150 jobs will be created.
Overall, the polycrystalline project is expected to cover an area of 400 acres and comprise over 170,000 modules. The generated energy will power 8,000 households.
When complete, the facility will represent the seventh such project to come online under the AZ Sun Program, which aims to install over 200 MW of photovoltaics in the U.S. state of Arizona by 2015. While a variety of different developers, including First Solar, Solon Corporation and, now Black & Veatch have been brought on board to develop the facilities, APS owns them.
Currently, APS has 86 MW of photovoltaic plants in service under the AZ Sun Program. A further 64 MW are either under construction or development, says the utility in a statement released.