Areva Solar advised that it has partnered with Tucson Electric Power (TEP) to build a CDP addition to the utility’s H. Wilson Sundt generating station in Tucson, Arizona. The Sundt Solar Boost Project will use Areva’s Solar Compact Linear Fresnel Reflector (CLFR) solar steam generators to produce 5MW of energy during peak demand periods.
Construction on the CSP project is anticipated to begin this spring with operation expected in early 2013. The project will be built on TEP property next to the Sundt plant and will help TEP meet its renewable energy goal of 200MW by the end of 2014. Additionally, the solar project is slated to help TEP further investigate the potential integration of CSP additions at other power plants.
“AREVA Solar's innovative solar boost technology gives us a cost-effective, environmentally responsible way to expand the output of our largest local power plant without increasing emissions,” said Paul Bonavia, chairman and chief executive officer of TEP and its parent company, UniSource Energy Corporation.