The Valley of the Sun’s Southwest Valley Family branch recently completed a solar-generated energy project as part of the Y’s multi-location conservation effort. Located at Litchfield Road and Thomas, the Southwest Valley YMCA solar system is expected to generate nearly 75% of the electricity used by the facility.

To celebrate the completion of the project, Scout Solar, LLC and the City of Goodyear joined the YMCA for a ribbon cutting ceremony with local business leaders and City Council Members Joe Pizzillo, Jennifer Barber, Bill Stipp, Wally Campbell and Sharolyn Hohman to acknowledge Arizona’s oldest non-profit organization’s commitment to solar generated energy.

“We could not be more excited to activate a new era of sustainability for the YMCA throughout Arizona,” said George Scobas, President and CEO, Valley of the Sun YMCA. “Our partnership with Scout Solar will substantially reduce our energy costs so that we are able to continue our standard of bringing excellent, affordable programs to our local communities.”

Scout Solar has installed the systems at no cost to the Valley of the Sun YMCA and will own and operate the system with a group of private investors. Bringing together best-in-class project partners, Scout Solar teamed with Solar Energy Group for system design and Wang Electric on electrical installation. The project can also be attributed to incentives from SRP and APS.

“I applaud the YMCA’s commitment to alternative energy. By committing to solar power, they not only demonstrate sustainability to the children and families they serve, but also extend the power of every dollar, said Goodyear council member Joe Pizzillo. “A project like this means that the community will be better served, and that’s what matters most.”

The project includes 1560 modules mounted on the roof of the facility and 109 parking stalls shaded by canopies. With other solar projects planned, the 16 Valley YMCA locations will have 6,000 solar modules and generate more than 2,400,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity annually.