UA Tech Park
The projected cost of the facility is $32 million and it will use 45 acres of parabolic solar mirrors to capture the solar energy. Bell Independent Power Corp. will develop, finance, own and operate the plant. Permitting has begun and, with the help of economic development incentives, the plant will begin providing power to Tucson Electric Power (TEP) customers in May 2011. The plant’s construction will employ 75 workers and 7 full time positions will be established for the operation of the facility. The CSP plant and storage system is expected to produce enough energy to power more than 1,500 typical Tucson homes while offsetting more than 16,000 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2).
Location: University of Arizona Science and Technology Park, on South Rita Road near Interstate 10.
Size: 222 acres.
Operational systems: 2 MW Amonix concentrating, dual-axis tracking photovoltaic system; 1.6 MW Solon single-axis tracking, silicon photovoltaic (PV).