Game and Fish and Alpha Energy cut a “green” ribbon
The Arizona Game and Fish Department headquarters on Carefree Highway in Phoenix is now officially partially solar powered. Approximately 20 percent of the power used by the building is being supplied through an array of solar panels on the roof.
“Being a natural resources conservation organization, using renewable energy sources is very much in line with the goals and mission of the department,” said Game and Fish Director Larry Voyles. “It is especially satisfying for the department to be able to use one of Arizona’s most plentiful resources, its abundant sunshine, to help power our headquarters building and simultaneously save money for wildlife conservation.”
When the building was being built back in 2008, a Governor’s directive required that all new state government buildings meet at least the Silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating. With the solar array installed and running, the Game and Fish headquarters building now meets the Platinum LEED rating.
“Working with the Game and Fish Department has been a very good partnership for our company,” said Landis Maez, national director of sales for Alpha Energy, Inc. “Cutting the ribbon with Game and Fish and kicking off the official use of the solar array is a huge milestone for both organizations.”
According to Alpha Energy statistics, since the system was turned on in September of last year, the solar system has generated more than 187,000 kilowatt-hours. This has prevented the emissions of more than 232,000 pounds of carbon dioxide, 384 pounds of nitrogen dioxide and 635 pounds of sulfur dioxide. Those emissions savings are similar to leaving your television on for 1.2 million hours, or powering 1,436 computers and 10 homes for one year, or driving an average passenger car for more than 23 years.
The grid-tied solar power system consists of 1,092 photovoltaic panels connected to four inverters. A complete web-based interface and weather monitoring system features auto alerts to help ensure optimal system performance at all times.
For more information about solar power systems, go to www.alpha.com.
For more information about the Arizona Game and Fish Department, go to www.azgfd.gov.