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Phase 1 of University of Arizona Tech Park Solar Zone Is Complete

October 30, 2014 By Karen Henry

UnivAZ-energy-manageWashington Gas Energy Systems has completed a 1 MW Cogenra Solar array that will produce renewable energy for Tucson Electric Power (TEP). The array at the Solar Zone, located at the University of Arizona’s UA Tech Park, consists of ground-mounted Cogenra T14 systems using Cogenra’s Dense Cell Interconnect (DCI) technology.

The solar array is the final project in the first phase of the UA Tech Park Solar Zone.

The 1 MW Solar Zone facility will be owned and operated by Washington Gas Energy Systems under a 20-year power purchase agreement with TEP. Two independent laboratories confirmed that Cogenra DCI technology set three world records for peak power output by boosting module power up to 15 percent compared to currently available modules. Cogenra recently received a $2 million award from the US Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative to scale automated manufacturing lines for DCI in the United States.

The installation will produce 1,986 MWh of solar energy per year and will help TEP to meet or exceed the mandates of Arizona’s Renewable Energy Standard, which requires electric utilities to increase their use of renewable energy each year until it accounts for 15 percent of their power in 2025.

The UA Tech Park’s Solar Zone is one of the largest multi-technology testing, evaluation and demonstration sites in the world. Phase 1.0 of the Solar Zone occupies 165 acres of land. With the completion of the Washington Gas Energy Systems project, the Solar Zone now generates 23 MW of power.

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