Solon Corporation, a provider of turnkey PV plant solutions, has completed the 5MW Prairie Fire solar power facility located in Tucson, Arizona.
The facility — which will be owned and operated by utility firm Tucson Electric Power (TEP) — covers 11 hectares of land and is composed of a fixed tilt system which was designed and constructed by Solon. It is also equipped with more than 17,000 solar panels.
During the construction phase, which took just 10 weeks to complete, around 75 local full-time jobs were created.
The Prairie Fire solar plant is expected to generate around 9,000MWh of electricity every year which is said to be enough to power over 850 homes.
“Prairie Fire is another shining example of the stellar project execution of our power plants team and the intrinsic value of solar energy,” said Jared Schoch, Vice President and General Manager of Power Plants at Solon. “We commend TEP’s commitment to making affordable solar energy ubiquitous in Arizona and are excited to be a partner in these efforts.”
Following completion of this project, Solon now has almost 65MW of PV capacity in operation in the state of Arizona.
Moreover, the project represents the third utility-scale solar array developed for TEP in Tucson by Solon. By the end of 2013, TEP expects to have more than 250 MW of renewable generating capacity.