Located in the new Solar Zone at the University of Arizona Science and Technology Park, the system features a single-axis tracking system, comprised of over 5,800 Tucson-manufactured panels and 11 Solon trackers. It is owned, and will be operated by, TEP.
Construction began last October and was concluded in December. The array is expected to produce approximately 3,000,000 kWh in first-year output, and approximately 60,000,000 kWh over 20 years.
According to TEP, it will sell the generated electricity directly to customers through its new Bright Tucson Community Solar program, which allows them to purchase solar energy in 150 kWh blocks. It says this provides an affordable way for people to reduce, or eliminate their use of conventional power.