Arizona utility UES adds 37 MW of solar to portfolio
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Arizona electric and gas utility UniSource Energy Services (UES) has added 37 MW of solar capacity to its portfolio with the completion this month of an expansion to the Red Horse solar and wind project.
The expansion increases the total capacity of the company's owned or leased renewable energy systems to about 66 MW, it said today.
The Red Horse facility, located near Willcox, is owned and operated by Houston-based Torch Renewable Energy, which sells the power to UES. Tucson Electric Power (TEP), UES’ sister company, is buying wind and solar power from an earlier phase of the project, whose total capacity now stands at 101 MW.
UES said that including the Red Horse expansion, around 12% of its energy will come from renewable sources. The company is expanding its clean energy portfolio to comply with Arizona's Renewable Energy Standard, which requires utilities to generate 15% of their energy from renewable resources by 2025.
UES and TEP are subsidiaries of Fortis Inc (TSE:FTS).