July 8, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- E.ON Climate & Renewables (EC&R) Solar has commissioned two solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in the
area with a combined total of 20 megawatts (MWdc) of solar capacity. Both projects have long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs) with Tucson Electric Power (TEP).
"We're very pleased with how quickly the projects came together and especially appreciate the strong working relationship with Tucson Electric Power throughout development, construction and commissioning of the projects," said
, President, EC&R Solar. "These are our maiden solar facilities in the U.S. and signal E.ON's commitment to solar development in the U.S. market."
"Solar-generating capacity in
the United States
continues to grow each year," Congressman
said. "I am proud that
is a solar leader with nearly 10,000 people employed in my state's rapidly growing solar industry. I am among the many homeowners who have solar panels covering my roof and see the benefits of solar every month."
(TPS), a 7MWdc project, was developed in collaboration with the Campus Research Corporation (CRC) at the
University of Arizona
Science and Technology Park Solar Zone and TEP.
, a 13MWdc project came online in late June. Construction of the two facilities began in the second half of 2012.
"We're excited that the TPS project supports a key research area of the
University of Arizona
with their emphasis on solar energy," said
, Vice President, Development and Origination, EC&R Solar. "In addition we are able to support economic development, provide employment opportunities and contribute to TEP's sustainability goals within the region."
"We've been consistently impressed by E.ON. The company is bringing innovative single-axis and dual-axis tracking technologies to
and their employees bring a depth of knowledge and technical expertise. They're also very easy to work with and we would be pleased to working with them again in the future," said
, TEP's Director of Renewable Energy.
The Tech Park Solar and Valencia facilities, encompassing a combined 150 acres, will provide the local area with over
in property taxes over the life of the project. More than 180 employees worked on the sites during the construction phase.
Components for the projects were provided by U.S. inverter manufacturer Eaton and tracker manufacturer Terrafix.