UniSource Energy Services (UES) dedicated a new 5 megawatt (MW) solar array today in memory of an employee who helped to keep the lights on for more than 30 years in Mohave County.
The Steven H. Jacobson Solar Facility, located north of Kingman, will produce enough power to meet the annual electric needs of more than 900 homes. Construction began in September and was completed last month.
“The Steven H. Jacobson Solar Facility adds to UES’ growing renewable energy portfolio. We’re honored to name this new clean energy resource after someone who worked for so long and so hard to provide service to our customers,” said Carmine Tilghman, Senior Director of Energy Supply and Renewable Energy for UES.
Jacobson, a California native, moved to Kingman in 1984 and worked as a lineman and construction supervisor for UES in Mohave County. He died in March 2015 after a two-year battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Jacobson’s family members joined coworkers today to dedicate the facility.
“The idea of naming the facility after Steve was the result of his dedication to the company and the community,” said Bill DeJulio, Senior Director of UNS Electric. “Whenever we had emergencies or storms, Steve was always there to help, whether he was a lineman or a foreman or a supervisor. He was always ready to contribute.”
Jacobson lent assistance to other utilities in times of need, traveling as far as Vermont and Hawaii to help local crews restore service after significant storms. He was dedicated to his family and coworkers, volunteered for several local nonprofit organizations and served on Kingman’s Clean City Commission.
The Jacobson Solar Facility includes more than 15,000 photovoltaic modules covering 32 acres. Engineering and construction team members included Sverdrup Engineering Services, Bowman Consulting, Premier Builders Group and Sletten Construction. UES owns and will manage the facility, which will offset about 6,600 tons of carbon dioxide per year.
Solar power plays an important role in UES’ generating portfolio. The company is working to deliver 20 percent of its power from renewable resources by 2020, surpassing the requirements that must be achieved by 2025 under Arizona’s Renewable Energy Standard.
UES provides electric service to approximately 95,000 customers in Mohave and Santa Cruz counties. The company also provides natural gas to approximately 154,000 customers in northern and southern Arizona. UES and its parent company, UNS Energy, are subsidiaries of Fortis, Inc., which owns utilities that serve more than 3 million customers across Canada and in the United States and the Caribbean.