Arizona Public Service Co. officials helped unveil large new solar arrays at Arizona State University on Monday and used the occasion to emphasize the importance of solar to the utility despite recent dustups over technology.
The two new “PowerParasols” provide shade during the day and support lights that brighten the campus at night. They were designed by Strategic Solar Energy of Chandler and DeBartoloand Architects and were built by hardison downey construction using solar panels from JA Solar.
Read more about this project in this AZcentral story.
The hardison/downey team is near completion on the renovation of ASU’s 15-story Manzanita Hall on the main campus, which was originally built in 1967.
Scheduled to debut at the end of July, the new dorm rooms will include two bedrooms, three bedrooms with shared bathroom and four bedroom suites with two bathrooms. The student dining facility on the first floor will also be remodeled. New social spaces include a fitness center, mail and computer rooms, student lounges and a business center. Exterior improvements include new landscaping and courtyards as well as basketball and sand volleyball courts.
Get a sneak peek inside the Manzanita makeover in this Fox10 video