TEP Ranked among Top 10 Solar Electric Utilities in United States
TUCSON, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Tucson Electric Power Company (TEP) is ranked among the nation’s top 10 “most solar integrated utilities” in a report released today by the Solar Electric Power Association, an industry trade association.
TEP earned recognition for both its company-owned installations, including its giant 4.6-megawatt (MW) solar array in Springerville, Ariz., as well as the photovoltaic (PV) systems that hundreds of customers have installed on their rooftops through TEP’s SunShare program.
“TEP has been a pioneer in the utility industry, installing a utility-owned large-scale PV system long before almost any of its peers and offering incentives for its customers to install and interconnect solar to its grid,” said Julia Hamm, SEPA’s executive director. “We commend TEP for its accomplishments to date and look forward to future activity that will keep them on so many of our Top 10 lists in future years.”
TEP’s total solar generating capacity, which reached 6.1 MW by the end of 2007, ranked 8th among national investor-owned utilities in SEPA’s report. On a per-customer basis, TEP’s solar capacity ranked 6th among the same group of nationwide peers. Last year, TEP generated enough solar energy to meet the annual electric needs of about 925 typical Tucson homes.
TEP’s 4.9 MW of company-owned solar capacity ranked 5th among national investor-owned utilities, or 3rd on a per-customer basis. The rooftop solar systems installed or sponsored by TEP customers reached a total capacity of 1.2 MW by the end of 2007, ranking 10th among investor-owned utilities and 7th on a per-customer basis.
“A growing number of TEP customers are looking to go ‘green,’ and we share their enthusiasm,” said Philip J. Dion, Vice President of Legal and Environmental Services for TEP and its parent company, UniSource Energy (NYSE: UNS). “Together, we’ve built a strong partnership dedicated to expanding our use of clean, green renewable energy.”
TEP’s SunShare program provides subsidies of up to $3,000 per kilowatt (kW) of capacity to help reduce the up-front cost of installing solar power systems at customers’ homes or businesses. TEP’s GreenWatts program, meanwhile, allows customers to sponsor the development of solar energy systems at schools, parks and other public places. For more information about SunShare, GreenWatts and TEP’s other renewable energy programs, visit tep.com/green.
The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) represents more than 300 utilities and solar industry members. To review the full results of SEPA’s 2007 U.S. Utility Solar Electricity Market Survey or its accompanying press release, visit solarelectricpower.org.
TEP provides safe, reliable power to nearly 400,000 customers in southern Arizona. For more information, visit tep.com. For more information about its parent company, UniSource Energy, visit uns.com.