The Pima County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously nowadays to approve construction of a 25-megawatt (MW) photovoltaic array in Avra Valley that can turn into Tucson Electric Power’s greatest single source of solar energy.

The program is going to be built, owned and operated by Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) on 305 acres of former farmland in the northwest corner of Sanders and Emigh Roads. TEP will purchase all of the energy the system generates — enough to power more than 4,500 homes. Construction will begin this fall, and also the system is scheduled to be completed by April 2012.

“We commend the Pima County Board of Supervisors for recognizing the worth of this project and reinforcing our shared vision of Pima County as a perfect web site for the improvement of price successful, large-scale solar power projects,” said Paul Bonavia, Chairman, President and CEO of TEP and its parent organization, UniSource Power Corporation UNS +0.03% . “This project will almost double our solar energy sources although generating important benefits for the local economy.”FRV’s method will produce practically $4.5 million in property tax revenues for Pima County over the life in the company’s 20-year energy acquire agreement with TEP. The system also will create important lease revenue for Tucson Water, which owns the web site. Construction from the array will generate 250-300 short-term jobs and $400,000 in sales tax income for Pima County. Once the technique is operational, between six and eight security and upkeep jobs will likely be necessary.

“These were the sort of optimistic impacts we envisioned when we set out to build up TEP’s renewable energy portfolio through nearby solar projects,” Bonavia said. “The positive aspects of green energy advancement will carry on to develop as we work with government officials, developers and our clients to expand solar energy resources across Pima County.”

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