Solar Array Design

Abengoa Solar
Gila Bend, AZ

Project Size:  250 acres, 20 megawatts

Project Description: The Paloma Solar Plant is a 17-megawatt photovoltaic facility that will be built on the site of a former alfalfa farm in Gila Bend, Ariz. Over 50% of the site was located on an unmapped flood plain. Gila Bend is also home to Solana, a concentrating solar plant being built by Abengoa Solar.

Added Value:  CVL assisted the client through all aspects of permitting, remote location, right of way acquisition — preparing the preliminary and final drainage master plan, grading construction plans, and offsite roadway improvements. As a result of CVL’s efforts, the flood plain was accurately determined and a flood mitigation design was implemented to remove 90% of the flood plain.  Permits for this project also included temporary construction trailers, water and septic disposal facilities and demolition plans.