Trico lights up a solar power plant north of Tucson

Marana-based Trico Electric Cooperative has set up a new solar farm with battery storage west of North Oracle Road near Catalina.

Trico on Thursday dedicated its Chirreon solar and battery storage facility, which has a generating capacity of 10 megawatts of photovoltaic power and 15 MW of battery storage to provide power when the sun goes down.

Brian Heithoff (in beige jacket), CEO and General Manager of Trico Electric Cooperative, is surrounded by Trico board members, employees, dignitaries and stakeholders at the Chirreon Solar and Battery Storage facility in Catalina October 6.

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The Chirreon facility is expected to produce more than 30,000 megawatt hours of energy each year or enough to power about 3,000 average residences, said Trico, a nonprofit cooperative with about 50,000 members in rural areas of Pima counties. , Pinal and Santa Cruz. .

Trico is partnering on the project with Virginia-based developer Torch Clean Energy and SOLV Energy, a California-based engineering and construction company; with financing through CoBank, part of the US Farm Credit System.

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Chirreon, being built on approximately 90 acres of state-owned land in Trico’s service area on East Edwin Road, west of North Oracle Road, is Trico’s second major solar farm project and the first with battery storage.

The cooperative built a 10 MW photovoltaic system in Marana which came online in 2018 and is partnering with other cooperatives on a 20 MW solar farm adjacent to Apache’s coal-fired power plant in Benson.

Trico’s Chirreon solar and battery storage facility north of Tucson is expected to produce enough to power about 3,000 average homes each year.

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