UniSource Energy Services (UES) recently said it has more than doubled its capacity to generate renewable energy with the expansion of a solar and wind project near Willcox..
The 37-megawatt (MW) Red Horse project expansion, completed this month, will produce enough electricity each year to power more than 7,500 homes. Red Horse is UES’ single largest renewable energy resource, boosting the total capacity of its owned or leased renewable energy systems to about 66 MW.
The Red Horse facility is owned and operated by Houston-based Torch Renewable Energy, which sells the output to UES. An earlier phase of the project has been generating power for customers of Tucson Electric Power (TEP), UES’ sister company.
The entire Red Horse project generates 101 MW of solar and wind energy for both UES and TEP, powering more than 21,000 homes. The expansion includes 100,000 solar panels spread over 200 acres for UES exclusively. .
“The Red Horse expansion was built from the ground up to provide our customers with the most solar energy for their money,” Jeff Krauss, who oversees large-scale renewable projects for UES, said. “We’re committed to achieving our renewable energy goals through cost-effective investments that serve the best interests of all our customers.”
UES provides electricity to approximately 93,000 customers in Mohave and Santa Cruz counties.