75 MW Solar Tracking Site Complements Wind in Arizona
Red Horse 2 solar site is fully operational in Cochise County
Albuquerque, NM – 11/24/15 – Array Technologies, Inc. (ATI) has announced the commissioning and completion of the tracking system for the 71 MW-ac Red Horse 2 combined wind and solar project, which is expected to provide power for 13,500 Arizona homes.
The plant generates energy from Vestas V110 wind turbines and 75 MW-dc of Jinko solar modules, whose power output is optimized by Array Technologies’ DuraTrack® HZ single-axis trackers. The Red Horse 2 project is one of the first combined wind and solar sites in the country.
Built by veteran engineering, procurement and construction company (EPC) Swinerton Renewable Energy, the project’s construction was completed ahead of schedule with the solar plant, including trackers, built and commissioned in only 35 weeks. With commissioning activities completed, the site is now fully operational and has reached its commercial operation date (COD).
Tucson Electric Power (TEP) will buy the energy generated by the site under a 20-year power purchase agreement, with Swinerton responsible for site operations and maintenance. An affiliate of D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments, L.L.C. (DESRI) acquired and financed the project in August 2014.
“We are pleased to partner with Swinerton Renewable Energy to deliver the solar industry’s lowest levelized cost of electricity. Our partnership is focused on providing the highest power plant value to DESRI and other like-minded companies who drive the growth of solar across the country,” said Thomas Conroy, president of ATI. “The wind and tracked solar Red Horse 2 project combines wind’s ultra-low generation cost with tracked solar’s lowest cost peaking generation option. Since the wind and tracked solar seasonal and hourly output profiles are largely complementary, the variability of each resource is mitigated while providing low cost new generation capacity to Tucson Electric Power.”
About Array Technologies, Inc.:
Array Technologies is the worldwide market leader in tracking solutions for utility, commercial and residential solar electric generation systems, with more than 3 gigawatts shipped and installed across the globe. Over the past twenty-five years, Array’s innovation in solar tracker design and delivery has set the bar for providing the lowest levelized cost of electricity through our easy to install, maintain, and highly reliable tracking systems. Headquartered in Albuquerque, NM, Array Technologies’ solutions are engineered in the USA. For more information about Array Technologies, please visit arraytechinc.com, connect with us on LinkedIn, join us on G+, follow us on Twitter and subscribe to our YouTube channel.
With over 3 GW of power generation and 630 MW of solar power expertise, Swinerton Renewable Energy offers turnkey solar power solutions for utility-scale and distributed-generation projects, including EPC and O&M services, warranty wraps, performance guarantees, and its industry-leading monitoring and SCADA platform, SOLV™. Recognized nationally since 1888, Swinerton is the preferred builder and trusted partner in every market it serves—proudly leading with integrity, passion, and excellence. For more information on Swinerton, visit the company’s blog, Facebook, Flickr, and LinkedIn or follow Swinerton Renewable Energy on Twitter.