Solar energy storage project debuted at UA Tech Park - Tucson News Now

Solar energy storage project debuted at UA Tech Park

A 2-megawatt solar array is part of the project. (Source: KOLD News 13) A 2-megawatt solar array is part of the project. (Source: KOLD News 13)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A solar energy storage project is finished in southern Arizona and was debuted Thursday, June 1.

According to a news release, the Iron Horse project is a combined energy storage and solar project that provides grid reliability services to Tucson Electric Power. The grand opening was celebrated by E.ON North America. The news release said the group finished building a 10-megawatt capacity lithium-ion battery-storage facility and an accompanying 2-megawatt solar array for TEP.

E.ON officials say if everything works properly, you won't notice a thing.

"The TEP operates and dispatches them, a lot of times, automatically based on what their grid needs," Mark Frigo, E.ON vice president of energy storage, said. "So effectively, it's something that just sits there and does its job, and it's a lot of hands off."

It was on display at the Solar Zone at the UA Tech Park on South Rita Road in Tucson.

The news release states E.ON is an international investor-owned energy company, focusing entirely on energy networks, customer solutions and renewables. The partnership is with TEP, an utility service that provides electricity to nearly 420,000 customers in southern Arizona.

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