(Alameda, CA- February 1, 2014) Blymyer Engineers announced the company has been selected by Swinerton Builders to provide comprehensive engineering design for a new 35 MCdc facility in Pima County, Arizona. Equator Solar LLC is developing the Pima Mine Road Solar Generating Station, a 35 watt single-axis tracking solar power PV facility on approximately 500 acres of land near Tucson for Clenera. The Blymyer Engineering team is providing detailed structural and electrical engineering services on the project.

Blymyer CEO and President, Michael Rantz, claims “Once operational this facility will provide clean and renewable electricity through Tucson Electric Power under a 20 year power purchase agreement. The project will provide electric power to 406,000 customers in the Tucson metro area, and is the second largest investor-owned utility in Arizona.”

“At full capacity, “Rantz continues, “the Avalon Solar Project will generate energy to power 7,000 homes and will help Tucson Electric Power achieve the state mandated 15 percent of power production from renewable sources by 2025.”

It’s estimated this zero emissions power generation will avoid discharging over 53,000 tons of carbon into the atmosphere (equivalent to taking 11,000 cars off the road). The project also represents a novel collaborative effort between Asarco, a local copper mining and refining facility, TEP and the Environmental Protection Agency with the objective of siting renewable energy projects on previously disturbed lands such as mining sites.

The Pima Mine Road Solar Facility will provide over $4 million in property tax revenue to Pima County over the lifetime of the project, and produce an estimated $235,000 in county sales tax during construction, with the benefit of employing up to 300 jobs.

The project, which has already broken ground, is expected to begin commercial operations during Q4 of 2014.

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Founded in 1961 Blymyer Engineers is a premier engineering company actively designing projects in solar, wind and renewable energy for clients throughout the United States and internationally. The company maintains expert mechanical, electrical, civil and structural engineers in house and is licensed in over 30 states. The company partners with major utilities, renewable energy companies, developers, building owners, architects and government to provide superior and innovative engineering solutions. It’s completed over 1GW of power generation in solar and offers turnkey engineering solutions for utility-scale and distributed generation projects and commercial applications.

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