Professional Experience & Accomplishments 

Our CEO Duane DeLarco, provides 32 years’ experience working with design and construction of commercial building design, alternative energy system design, implementation, infrastructure development and site management for commercial and utility scale projects. his background also includes:

  •  Invited on 2 occasions to advised representatives from United States House and Senate. Visit #1 was for the purpose of speaking on United State electric grid security and system hardening. Visit #2 was for the purpose of speaking on the benefits of implementing Micro grid System technology for east and west coast System efficiency and security.

  •  Authored white papers for product development for both Canadian Solar Inc. for their AC Solar Modules and Enphase Energy Inc. for their 3-Phase Micro-Inverters.

  • Authored the report advising the Bush Administration to decline funding Solyndra Corporation. The report predicted the companies bankruptcy due to a bad price model, inaccurate product production claims and obvious misallocation corporate funding. Unfortunately a number of years later Solyndra was provided with $535 million in federal loan guarantees from the Obama administration which turned into a loss to the United States taxpayers when Solyndradeclared bankruptcy in 2011.

  • Over 30 years’ experience working with planning and zone departments and officials to acquire permitting.

  • Over 30 years of architectural design and drafting experience manually, with CAD, Desktop and Architectural Chief with over 125 building and system designs complete to date.

  • 14 years’ experience in residential, commercial and utility PV design and development.

  • Designed the 5 MW PV system for the American Indian Institute for Innovation Campus

  • Designed the 3 MW Smart-Grid Electrical Power Plant for Aeroport International- Haiti Toussaint l’Ouverture in Port au Prince, Haiti. System design utilized PV Solar as the 1st tier power with 2 stage battery back-up with 2 MW Caterpillar back-up generators system.

We assembled a core team for Aeroport International- Haiti Toussaint l’Ouverture project (John Skibinski, Glenn Guy, Burt Guy, Steve L. Kanetzky, P.E., LEED AP) whose members have from 25 to 42 years of individual expertise and a combined total of 152 years of experience in the fields of Architectural Design, Electrical Engineering, Power Conversion, Control & Distribution Engineering, Power Plant, Water/Waste Water and General Commercial Construction. The Company Principals have 32 years of design & construction experience and combined 30 years’ experience in power and construction projects. The team has expertise in site development and over 2 decades in site management. Specializing in Multi-Tier Smart Grid Architecture, The group’s goal was help revolutionize smart grid technology by implementing and deploying smart grid strategies that improve operational efficiencies, produce greater reliability and optimize asset utilization. Following our products produced by members of this team. 

Team References Projects

Large Project in process:

$109,044,600 - 100 MW Mexicali Project on 120 hectare area (approximately +300 acres) to include (X277,778) PV 360 watt PV modules with 3.125 MW integrated PV units. Energy sold to IID (Imperial irrigation district) and CFE (Comisión Federal de Electricidad) to provide power for Constellation Brands Mexico. Project has completed the PPA contracting and is in Phase-1 of construction. 

$58,800,000 – 30 MW Senegal Combination PV Solar/Water Desalination Project located on 46-hectare areas (approximately 113.62 acres) to include (X83,334)PV 360 watt PV modules with 3.125 MW integrated PV units.

$499,590.00–150 kW innovative roof over design for the Heart Rhythm Center located at 1848 E. Thomas Rd. Phoenix, Arizona.

Large Electrical Design: 

$22,450,000 – 3 MW Smart-Grid Electrical Power Plant for Aeroport International- Haiti Toussaint l’Ouverture in Port au Prince, Haiti. System design utilized PV Solar as the 1sttier power with 2 stage battery back-up with 2MW Caterpillar back-up generators system.

5 MW system design for the American Indian Institute for Innovation Campus that include 3 MW of PV Solar and 2 MW of (X4) Vestas V39 of wind-turbines.

Large Electrical Installations: 

.75 MW - The JD Russell Co. Factory 1400 Dura-edge Way Farmersville, TX 75442. 740 kW 480 V Commercial PV system (X2480) Canadian Solar Modules with Solectria 480V Inverters.

Ground breaking (BIPV) - Parasol Building/Smile Perfection 5828 N Oracle Rd. Tucson, AZ 85704 Commercial PV system (X240) Semi-transparent 275W Solar modules w/ Solectria 208V inverters Architectural Rendering of the Parasol Building is a Building Integrated Photovoltaic design (BIPV).

$5,452,000 - Wal-Mart Storage Distribution Center – Completed a 2 million square feet Dry Dock Facility for Wal-Mart in record time of 9 months. AETI completed the project with average crew size of 35 men without any recordable injuries and 2 months ahead of schedule. 

$4,768,000 – City of Houston WWTP – Grass Roots Dryer Facility for the COH WW Division that include new 15 KV Service and multiple 480V Motor Control Centers and has been on demonstration by the City of Houston as a model electrical installation. 

$7,679,500 – Glenda Dawson High School – Largest High School in the Houston area. Grass Roots project with an overall Contract of $52,000,000 for the entire project. 

$1,172, 000 – TECO Thermal Energy Corporation 38KV Substation Addition – Completed a new installation of Ring bus for the most critical Substation in the Houston Medical Center arena. Thermal Energy provides steam and chilled Water for the largest medical Center in the United States. This project could not have any unscheduled shutdowns due to the sensitive nature of the patients at the Medical Center. 

$2,754,000 – City of Houston SW WWTP – Installation of New Blower Facility with three 2000 HP Motors and Variable Frequency Drives. Included a New Switchgear installation with multiple 15KV & 5KV Switchgear Line-ups. 

Medium Electrical Installations: 

375 kW - Capistrano Apartments 2929 E 6thSt., Tucson AZ  375 kW 208Y Commercial PV system (X1175) Canadian Solar Modules. Solar Parking Structure System.

360 kW - Calvary Chapel Tucson 8711 E Speedway Blvd Tucson AZ  360 kW 480 V Commercial PV system (X1168) Canadian Solar Modules with Solectria 480V 36 kW Inverters. Solar Parking Structure System.

190 kW – Tucson Baptist Temple 1525 S Columbus Blvd., Tucson AZ  190 kW 480 V Commercial PV system (X594) Canadian Solar Modules with CPS 480V 50 kW Inverters. Solar Parking Structure System.

150 kW - Calvary Chapel, West Campus, Chapel & School (5130 -5190 South Julian) 150 kW 480 V Commercial PV system (X1168) Canadian Solar Modules with Solectria 208Y 14 kW Inverters. Roof mounted System.

148 kW – Fountain of Life Evangelical Lutheran Church 710 S Kolb Rd., Tucson AZ  148 kW 208Y Commercial PV system (X462) Canadian Solar Modules. Solar Parking Structure System.

68 kW – The JD Russell Co. Home Office 4075 N Highway Dr., Tucson AZ  68 kW 208Y Commercial PV system (X234) Canadian Solar Modules. Solar Parking Structure System.

Residential PV Electrical Installations: 

Although residential solar does not represent the core business of our company, we have installed close to 4,000 PV modules in the last 4 years representing a plant of 1.3MW with an average residential system size of 9.8 kW.

Major Equipment & Services Projects 

  • 404 MW Wind Farm in South Texas:

    ·       92 Mitsubishi 2.4 MW Wind Turbines

    ·       Mortensen EPC as the Prime Contractor

    ·       AETI started up Phase II with Equipment & Services 

  • 2 MW Solar Projects in PA & NJ:

    ·       Customer Switchgear and Inverter Systems

  • 64 MW Solar Project Startup DE Oct 2010: 

    ·       2 MW 

    ·       18 MW & 

    ·       20 MW Phases 

    ·       Customer Switchgear, Inverter and Combiner Box Systems 

  • 35 MW Solar Project Startup in CA Nov 2010:

    ·       Customer Switchgear, Inverter and Combiner Box Systems

  • 40 MW Solar Project Startup in CA Dec 2010:

    ·       Customer Switchgear, Inverter and Combiner Box Systems 

Technical Expertise and Communication Skills that 1stAmerican.Solar brings to the Project:

  • Structure project opportunities and negotiate PPA’s. 

  • Effective communication and personal interaction skills key government entities and Officials.

  • Ability to effectively communicate and work with national and international planning and zone departments. 

  • System Design and Implementation.

  • Project Coordination 

  • Strategic Planning 

  • Time Management 

  • Quality Control 

  • O & M training and implementation.