Mariners harness Arizona sun for clean energy at Spring Training complex

Solar panels will generate electricity and reduce CO2 emissions

The Seattle Mariners Spring Training complex in Peoria, Arizona has been fitted with an array of solar panels that will generate clean energy and contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gases.

The 345 kilowatt panels will generate 529 megawatt hours of energy annually. That is enough energy to power 33 homes for one year. The output of the solar panels is equivalent to burning more than 391,722 pounds of coal and will reduce greenhouse gas emissions (CO2) by 365 metric tons, according to the Environmental Protection Agency's Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator.

The array consists of 1,380 Kyocera KU250 photovoltaic modules. They are mounted on the roof of the Mariners office building and cover 96 parking spaces in an adjacent lot at the Peoria Sports Complex.

The project is a collaboration between the Mariners, Healthy Planet Partners, LLC (HPP) and Kyocera Solar Inc. HPP is a Clean Energy Solutions Fund that finances, implements and maintains distributed energy and energy efficiency projects in commercial buildings. Kyocera provided the engineering and project management support, as well as financing. Sky Engineering and Construction Inc. built the system using Kyocera's industry-leading high-efficiency solar modules.

Healthy Planet Partners financed, owns and operates the panels, which are being hosted at the Mariners facility on a long-term Solar Services Agreement. Under the agreement the Mariners purchase power that is generated by the panels. The project benefits from a Production Based Incentive under the Arizona Public Service Schools & Governments Program.