Arizona Solar Facility to be Dedicated

The City of Tucson’s largest solar power generation facility will be activated Friday during a dedication ceremony at Tucson Water’s Hayden/Udall Water Treatment Facility located in Avra Valley.

Tucson, Arizona – September 18, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] The event celebrates the installation and activation of a new 144-panel solar power generation facility. The solar panels will provide an estimated 72,000 kWh of electricity annually to power several pumps and associated equipment that operate continuously at the Hayden/Udall water plant. The solar facility is the result of a partnership between the City of Tucson, TEP, the Greater Tucson Coalition for Solar Energy and SEPA. The project was partially funded by a US$75,000 grant from SEPA and the U.S. Department of Energy. The City of Tucson’s Operations Department provided funding, project management and engineering. Tucson Water contributed the site, funding and engineering support. City funds were through the City’s “1% for Solar Program.” The program utilizes a 1 percent electric rate reduction from TEP to move the City toward greater usage of this Renewable Energy resource. Tucson Electric Power helped coordinate construction, donated equipment, and is providing operational and maintenance expertise. The City of Tucson and the Greater Tucson Coalition for Solar will partner to use the photovoltaic site for public education and as a solar training facility.

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