PSEG Solar Source on Dec. 19 announced completion of its 19.3-megawatt (MW) DC (15 MW AC) PSEG Badger 1 Solar Farm located on approximately 172 acres west of Phoenix, Ariz. The solar farm was developed and constructed by juwi solar Inc. (JSI). Arizona Public Service Company, the state's largest and longest serving electric utility, will purchase the electricity produced by the facility through a 30-year agreement. Badger 1 Solar will generate enough energy to meet the electricity needs of approximately 3,560 homes.
The solar farm utilizes crystalline panels manufactured by Canadian Solar and a single-axis tracking system manufactured by Array Technologies that allows the panels to track the sun across the sky and increases the amount of electricity generated by each panel. In addition, the project includes inverters manufactured and tested by Phoenix-based Power One. Inverters convert electricity from direct current or DC (which is produced by the solar panels), to alternating current or AC (as it is used in homes and businesses).