In Arizona, Solon switches on 5 MW Prairie Fire Solar Plant

Solon Corp., one of the largest providers of turnkey solar power plants in the United States, today announced the completion of the 5 MW Prairie Fire Solar Plant in Tucson, Arizona, for Tucson Electric Power (TEP).


The fixed-tilt system was designed and constructed by Solon. TEP will own and operate the solar energy facility. The 5 MW system spans 28 acres and is composed of more than 17,000 solar panels. The construction of the system, located near East Valencia and East Old Vail roads, took just 10 weeks and created the equivalent of 75 full-time local jobs.

Over the course of a year, the Prairie Fire array is expected to produce about 9,000 MWh, enough to power more than 850 average homes.

The Prairie Fire system is the third utility-scale solar array developed in Tucson by Solon.

By the end of 2013, TEP expects to have more than 250 MW of renewable generating capacity, enough energy to power the equivalent of about 50,000 homes.

With the activation of the Prairie Fire solar farm, Solon now has nearly 65 MW of solar power resources installed and operating in the state of Arizona.

UNS Energy is the parent company of Tucson Electric Power. The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) recognized TEP as the 2012 investor-owned utility (IOU) of the Year. TEP provides electric service to more than 405,000 customers in southern Arizona.

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