TEP Signs Agreements For About 160 MW Of Renewable Projects

Electric Power (TEP) has agreed to purchase the output of a wind farm, 10 new solar power systems and a landfill gas generation project that, together, would generate nearly 160 MW of power. TEP has submitted the agreements to the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) for review. ACC's endorsement would allow developers of the systems to proceed with efforts to finalize financing, secure land rights and clear other necessary hurdles in order to complete the projects in time to begin providing power in 2011 or 2012. TEP has agreed to purchase the output of a 50 MW wind farm that would be developed near TEP's existing high-efficiency natural gas Luna Energy Generating Station in Deming, N.M. The power would be delivered to Tucson through an existing transmission line already used by TEP. Solar projects, with a combined capacity of 107 MW, would be developed in the Tucson area under the contracts. TEP also has agreed to purchase energy from a new biogas generator that would be built at Tangerine Landfill in Pima County, Ariz. The project would produce up to 2.2 MW from methane gas. All of the announced projects are in the planning stages, and some of them may not be built if the developers are unable to arrange financing or clear other necessary hurdles, according to TEP. SOURCE: [link=http://www.tucsonelectric.com/]Tucson Electric Power[/

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