By Phoenix Business Journal

Salt River Project, Tucson Electric Power and Arizona State University were honored this week by the Solar Electric Power Association for projects they have rolled out in the past year.

The utilities, the second and third largest in the state, shared the award for utility innovation in a solar program design.

SRP was recognized for its Community Solar program that allows schools and residences to buy power produced from the 20-megawatt Copper Crossing Solar Ranch in the far East Valley.

TEP has a similar program called Bright Tucson Community Solar that allows groups to buy power from local solar arrays in 150 kilowatt-hour blocks. The power is provided by a 1.6-megawatt solar array owned by TEP.

ASU was named the solar partner of the year for its work with Arizona Public Service Co. in installing 10 megawatts of solar on its Phoenix-area campuses.

SEPA is a nonprofit association of utilities that looks to integrate solar power. It has more than 1,000 members.

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