April 2, 2013
Public Information & Communications
Contact: Kevin Christopher
Mesa, AZ – The City of Mesa has reached an agreement with the Mesa YMCA, 207 N. Mesa Drive, to be its first commercial electric utility customer to have a solar photovoltaic (PV) array as part of the City’s Solar Pilot Program. The system was recently installed and is in operation.
The Mesa YMCA will receive a $9,284 rebate from the City of Mesa for installation of the rooftop 9.3 kilowatt (kw) solar PV array. The project will provide about 2.5 percent of the YMCA’s electric energy consumption.
“This partnership shows a real commitment to sustainable energy by both the City of Mesa and the Mesa YMCA,” District 5 Councilwoman and Council Sustainability and Transportation Committee Chairwoman Dina Higgins said. “The conservation of our resources is of the utmost importance, and this is certainly a positive step in the right direction.”
The project is part of the Valley of the Sun YMCA’s plans to install solar PV at their 16 locations in Arizona. The East Valley Family YMCA in Mesa received its solar installation last September.
“We could not be more excited to activate a new era of sustainability for the Mesa YMCA,” Mesa YMCA Executive Director Jenny Hayes said. “This extraordinary partnership with the City of Mesa will substantially reduce our energy costs, so that we are able to continue our standard of bringing excellent, affordable programs to our local communities.”
The City’s Energy Resources Department created the one-year Solar Pilot Program in July 2012 and will provide up to $100,000 in incentives to qualified residents and business owners in its electric service area who purchase and install a solar PV system. Since funding is limited, participants who qualify are selected on a first-come, first-serve basis based on application submittal and acceptance. Incentives for residential program participants are limited to $5,000 ($1.00 per watt) for up to five-kW. Commercial participants' incentives will be limited to $10,000 for up to 10-kW.
There are still opportunities to participate in Mesa’s Solar Pilot Program. For more information, contact Mesa Utilities Business Development Coordinator Lori Bonilla at (480) 644-2652 or firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit http://www.mesaaz.gov/energy/solarpilotprogram.aspx
About Mesa, Arizona – The City of Mesa’s estimated population is over 460,000 within an incorporated area of approximately 133 square miles. Total land area encompasses 182 square miles. The City ranks as the 39th most populous city in the United States, larger than the cities of Kansas City, Miami, St. Louis and Pittsburgh. Mesa is a favorite destination to thousands of visitors with more than 300 sun-filled days a year and average temperature of 72.6 degrees. The area’s economy is driven by four major industries healthcare, education, aerospace, and tourism. Mesa is home to two award-winning airports, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport and Falcon Field Airport and the western United States headquarters for the Chicago Cubs and starting in 2015, the Oakland Athletics. For more information about the City of Mesa go to mesaaz.gov.
About the Valley of the Sun YMCA - The Valley of the Sun YMCA is one of the largest human services non-profit organizations in Arizona. As the oldest non-profit in Arizona, the YMCA serves local communities in Maricopa County, Flagstaff and Yuma offering over 283 programs and 26 social services at 17 locations. Members are welcome regardless of gender, religion, ethnicity, age or ability to pay. The YMCA aims to provide each member with every opportunity to reach farther and improve their lives and the lives of those around them. Through Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility, the YMCA’s goal is to inspire positive and lasting social change. Visit www.valleyYMCA.org to learn more.
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