Tucson Electric Signs Solar Energy PPAs
Last week, Tucson Electric Power announced that it signed and submitted for review ten purchasing agreements(PPAs). If approved by the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC), thePPAs will together total 160 megawatts (MW) of solar energy generatingcapacity.
The Arizona solar projects would go up in the greater Tucson areaand, if all goes according to plan, could begin feeding energy into thegrid as early as 2011. All ten are currently in the planning stages andare awaiting approval.
The projects are broken up into three different types of solargeneration: three of them will use fixed photovoltaic (PV) panels; fourwill implement single-tracking devices to harness solar energy; and theremaining three will use concentrated solar power (CSP) technology.
Under Arizona’s Renewable Energy Standard (RES), utilities are tomeet 15 percent of their customer’s electricity demands with renewableenergy by 2025. Tucson Electric Power’s solar projects would help meetthat goal.
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