Maricopa County Air Quality Department has announced a $1.5 million agreement with Arizona Solar One LLC to resolve violations of air quality rules and regulations that occurred at the Solana Generating Station in Gila Bend, Ariz.
From June 2014 to January 2016, MCAQD cited Arizona Solar One LLC for 21 violations including failure to conduct performance tests as required by their permit, removal of emissions control systems without approval, and exceeding permitted emissions limits.
“This settlement and the associated fine reflect the significance of their air pollution violations,” Maricopa County Air Quality Department Director Philip McNeely said. “We are pleased that Arizona Solar One is taking positive steps to improve their operation. This company has indicated their willingness to work with the department to ensure that future renewable energy production at this facility complies with all appropriate air quality regulations.”
In addition to a multimillion dollar investment to make repairs and upgrade its facility, the settlement requires Arizona Solar One LLC to pay a fine of $1.5 million.
Settlement funds will be used by MCAQD to fund research projects related to air quality, community outreach campaigns and community programs which will help keep our air clean and our residents healthy.
“Clean air is the expectation and right of every person in Maricopa County,” Maricopa County District 5 Supervisor Steve Gallardo said. “I’m pleased we could reach this settlement with Arizona Solar One and put that money toward community programs and research that will continue to improve our air quality.”