Array Technologies’ 25 MW DuraTrack™ HZ System Online in Tucson, AZ
Site will offset 35,000 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2)
Albuquerque, NM – 12/13/12 – Array Technologies has completed final commissioning of a 25 MWdc DuraTrack™ HZ tracking system for a site in southern Arizona. Funded by the North American Development Bank, the energy generated will by purchased by Tucson Electric Power (TEP) under a 20 year power purchase agreement.
The site will help offset 35,000 metric tons of CO2 over the lifetime of the project, and Array Technologies’ innovative DuraTrack™ HZ tracking system will ensure a higher energy gain to maximize the return on investment. Built and extensively tested for reliability, durability and optimal functionality, the DuraTrack™ HZ system’s articulating drivelines make it both flexible on any terrain and easy to install, with minimal maintenance required.
The addition of this 25 MW facility to TEP’s energy portfolio will help it meet Arizona’s Renewable Energy Standard, which requires utilities to generate 15 percent of their power from renewable sources by 2025. By choosing the DuraTrack™ HZ tracking system, TEP will generate 25% more energy compared to a standard fixed-rack solar installation.
Occupying arid land, the DuraTrack™ HZ system will have a minimal impact on the environment as its panels also provide wildlife relief and shade from the punishing desert sun. 106 acres of the project site has been committed to habitat restoration, about half of which is to provide burrowing owls a place to nest and live.
About Array Technologies:
Array Technologies, Inc., provides unequalled expertise in engineering and manufacturing innovative solar tracking systems for utilities, corporations, and small businesses worldwide. Array’s patented tracker designs have established the standard for cost-effective, robust, reliable, and easy to install tracking solutions. Headquartered in Albuquerque, NM, Array Technologies’ trackers are manufactured in the USA. For more information, please visit us at arraytechinc.com.
About Tucson Electric Power:
Tucson Electric Power provides safe, reliable service to more than 404,000 customers in southern Arizona. By the end of 2014, TEP expects to have more than 240 MW of solar generating capacity, enough to meet the annual electric needs of more than 46,000 homes. To learn more about TEP’s green energy programs, visit tep.com.
About North American Development Bank:
The North American Development Bank is a financial institution established and capitalized in equal parts by the United States and Mexico for the purpose of financing environmental infrastructure projects along their common border. As a pioneer institution in its field, the Bank is working to develop integrated, sustainable and fiscally responsible projects with broad community support in a framework of close cooperation and coordination between Mexico and the United States.