Tucson Electric Power (TEP) said it is working to grow its solar and wind-powered resources to meet its goal of doubling the amount of renewable power it offers within 15 years.
Two recent solar projects will add 26 megawatts of solar power to its offerings, TEP said in a news release. TEP aims to have at least 30 percent of all power it delivers to come from renewable resources by 2030.
TEP plans to finish a 5-megawatt (MW) addition to its 17.2-MW solar array at Fort Huachuca in Sierra Vista later this month.
Completion of the Fort Huachuca site, plus another project completed in early 2016, amounts to 252 MW of community-scale solar power, which is enough to power 53,000 homes for an entire year, the release said.
Next month, TEP said it will accept proposals to purchase power from a new solar facility for 20 years. The project could involve new construction or be tied into an existing transmission facility and will boost TEP's community-scale solar resources by up to 40 percent.
The company also awaits approval for a new wind-powered facility, to be built and owned by a project partner. Once approved, TEP would buy power from the site for up to 20 years.
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