E.ON, Tucson Electric break ground on Army solar project

E.ON Climate & Renewables (E.ON) Solar broke ground April 25 on a 14-MW (ac)/18-MW (dc) solar photovoltaic project at the U.S. Army’s Ft. Huachuca in Arizona.

The project will serve about 25% of Fort Huachuca’s annual electricity requirement. Tucson Electric Power (TEP) contracted with E.ON for the construction management of the project. TEP has been the Fort’s energy service provider for more than 70 years and will own and operate the facility. E.ON and TEP have previously worked together under power purchase agreements for two other solar facilities.

“E.ON is honored to be selected by TEP to provide the construction services for the Fort Huachuca project,” said Dr. Christophe Jurczak, CEO of E.ON Global Solar. “We put our customers first, and are committed to delivering the world class products and services that they demand.” 

“This will be the largest solar array in the department of defense on a military installation,” said Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment. 

“It has been a positive and productive experience working with the U.S. Army and its Energy Initiatives Task Force (EITF) as they integrate solar energy into their important mission at Ft. Huachuca,” said Steve Trenholm, Chairman of E.ON North America.

“We’re very proud to provide Fort Huachuca with a cost-effective solar power resource that will contribute to the base’s long-term energy security,” said David Hutchens, President and Chief Operating Officer of TEP and its parent company, UNS Energy (NYSE: UNS).

“TEP continues to expand its company-owned solar resources and show its commitment to moving towards a cleaner, more sustainable energy portfolio,” said Carmine Tilghman, TEP Senior Director of Wholesale, Fuels and Renewable Resources. “Our partnership with Fort Huachuca offers us an opportunity to continue with our own solar development, while assisting the Army and Fort Huachuca in meeting their own renewable energy goals. E.ON completes the partnership as the strongest and most economic provider of solar construction management services available for this type of project.”

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