Arizona’s TEP Hits Megawatt in Photovoltaic Power

Tucson Electric Power Co. has surpassed the 1 megawatt capacity milestone in photovoltaic generation, with the installation of 695 kilowatts of panels at the Springerville Generating Station in northeast Arizona.

TUCSON, Arizona, US, 2001-10-09 [] With 315 kW of solar panels in Tucson, TEP now can provide enough green power to meet the energy needs of 200 residential customers. TEP and its partners, Global Solar Energy and Southwest Energy Solutions, are halfway to the goal of installing 1.35 MW of PV panels on 22 acres of land at the Springerville facility. All three companies are subsidiaries of UniSource Energy Corp. “TEP is committed to the use of renewable resources in Arizona, and we will continue to explore each opportunity to deliver the most cost-effective and innovative power solutions to our customers,” says James Pignatelli, chairman, president and CEO of Tucson Electric Power and UniSource Energy. Another 675 kW of solar generation at Springerville will be ready by the end of next month, at which time once it will be the second largest single site PV installation in the world, second only to a 3.3 MW system in Italy, according to the Solar Electric Power Association. Once the first phase is complete, Springerville will be hosting the western hemisphere’s single largest solar generation. It was selected for the site because of its cooler temperatures and frequent wind, two factors that improve solar panel output efficiency. “Customers have shown their commitment to investing in renewable energy with their participation in TEP’s voluntary program, GreenWatts,” explains Tom Hansen of TEP. Proceeds from GreenWatts(tm) are used to build and operate new solar electric generating stations, including the Springerville facility.
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