REC to provide solar panels for TEP’s residential solar program

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Solar energy solutions provider REC Group has reached a deal with Tucson Electric Power (TEP) as the new exclusive solar panel supplier for the local utility’s TEP Residential Solar Program.

REC will begin providing 3.5MW of its TwinPeak Series panels to TEP in May, with deliveries slated to continue until October 2015.

Arndt E. Lutz, senior vice president of REC Group and managing director of its North American business, said: “Tucson Electric’s residential program offers an innovative approach to making distributed solar generation part of the energy mainstream and aligns with REC’s commitment to the fast-growing U.S. residential solar sector.  

“TEP’s choice of REC’s new high-performance TwinPeak Series panels, which are well suited for Tucson’s high-desert climate, represents a strong vote of confidence in our products and our business approach.”    

The TEP Residential Solar Program will give consumers the ability to go solar with no installation and maintenance costs. After hiring contractors to install solar panels on the customer’s roof, TEP will offer its electric service for a flat monthly rate that will stay fixed for 25 years.

Carmine Tilghman, a TEP senior director who looks over the company's renewable energy programs, said: “REC Group will provide both high-quality solar photovoltaic panels and valuable expertise as we launch the innovative new TEP Residential Solar Program. Our partnership with REC will help ensure that we can continue providing a high level of reliability to our customers while expanding the availability of rooftop solar in Southern Arizona.”

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