TEP to Develop Solar Power

5 April 2010 (Last Updated April 5th, 2010 18:30)

Tucson Electric Power (TEP) will go ahead with its plan to develop 33MW of new solar generation capacity following approval from Arizona's Corporation Commission. The utility plans to build a new 25MW ground mounted photovoltaic facility at Tucson Water site, owned and operated by Fotow

Tucson Electric Power (TEP) will go ahead with its plan to develop 33MW of new solar generation capacity following approval from Arizona's Corporation Commission.

The utility plans to build a new 25MW ground mounted photovoltaic facility at Tucson Water site, owned and operated by Fotowatio Renewable Ventures.

Tuscon Electric will be able to buy power from an under-development 5MW concentrating solar power (CSP) plant to be owned and operated by Bell Independent Power.

The plant will use parabolic mirrors to focus sunlight on a heat transfer and storage system to generate pressurised vapour to drive a turbine.

TEP will also build 3.4MW of company-owned solar PV arrays to meet Arizona’s renewable energy standard that requires utilities to source 15% from clean power projects by 2025.