The city of Tucson, Ariz., will use SunShare subsidies from Tucson Electric Power (TEP) to help fund seven new photovoltaic arrays that will add more than 1 MW to the city's solar-generating capacity.
TEP will provide an estimated $4.7 million in SunShare incentives to the city over the next 20 years, covering about 60% of the cost of the arrays. The systems, which are being built this year at recreation centers, office buildings and other city facilities, are expected to generate an amount of power equivalent to the annual electric usage of about 150 Tucson homes.
TEP's SunShare program provides incentives that help customers reduce the cost of installing PV systems. The program is funded by a surcharge on customers' bills, and the energy generated by subsidized systems helps TEP achieve renewable energy goals set by the Arizona Corporation Commission.
SOURCE: Tucson Electric Power