Earlier this week, Tucson Electric Power (TEP) -- the utility service provider for nearly 400,000 customers in southern Arizona -- completed a new 1.6-megawatt (MW) solar installation at the University of Arizona's Science and Technology Park in southeast Tucson. Today, the utility is using its new solar source as an opportunity to offer its customers a new way to purchase solar power.
Citing an overwhelming number of applications for its solar photovoltaic (PV) rebate program in Arizona, Tucson Electric Power (TEP) in July filed a request with state regulators to reduce the per-watt amount on offer. On August 25, the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) approved the request, making the rebate reduction effective retroactively from August 11.
The Tucson Electric Power Company (TEP) has found a location for its latest solar power installation. By December 2010, when construction is expected to conclude, the University of Arizona's TechPark will play host to a 1.6-megawatt (MW) solar energy system dually built by SOLON Corporation and TEP.
Arizona homeowners take note: If you're a customer of Tucson Electric Power (TEP) and are thinking about taking advantage of the utility's SunShare solar rebates, now is the time to act.
Last week, Tucson Electric Power announced that it signed and submitted for review ten purchasing agreements (PPAs). If approved by the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC), the PPAs will together total 160 megawatts (MW) of solar energy generating capacity.
Two of Arizona's utilities -- Arizona Public Service (APS) and Salt River Project (SRP) -- have in recent weeks announced reductions in the per-watt rebate available to homeowners who install solar photovoltaic (PV) panels. Tucson Electric Power (TEP), however, is holding strong. Via its Green Energy program, TEP appears to still offer a solar rebate worth $3 per watt for grid-tied residential PV systems, up to 60 percent of total system costs.