Solon Corp. completes Tucson solar plant

Solon Corp., a Tucson provider of turnkey solar power plants in the U.S., today announced the completion of a 1.6 megawatt solar power plant in Tucson in conjunction with Tucson Electric Power Co.

The facility, TEP’s largest local solar resource, will provide a faster, more cost effective way for TEP to merge solar power into its renewable energy portfolio for Tucson residents. TEP is a subsidiary of UniSource Energy (NYSE:UNS).

Located in the new Solar Zone at the University of Arizona Science and Technology Park, the solar power plant consists of a single-axis tracking system featuring Solon's Velocity MW system. Solon's Velocity MW Solar System helps to reduce the use of conventional power by providing pre-configured, compact 1-megawatt modular solar clusters. The design involves a reduced number of individual components, fewer connections and less time spent on maintenance and installation, officials say.

Over 5,800 Tucson manufactured panels on 11 Solon single-axis trackers make up the system and enable solar panels to follow the sun throughout the day. This allows the plant to produce up to 25 percent more output than a traditional system would.

Operation will be handled by TEP, which will provide the energy to customers through its new Bright Tucson Community Solar program. Customers will be allowed to purchase solar energy in 150 kWh blocks, providing them with an affordable and easy way to reduce their use of conventional power.

Read more in the Phoenix Business Journal.


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