Areva selected as technology provider for solar power project in Arizona

Areva Solar said it is partnering with Tucson Electric Power (TEP) on a concentrated solar power (CSP) addition to TEP’s H. Wilson Sundt Generating Station. Tucson Electric Power’s Sundt Solar Boost Project will use Areva Solar’s compact linear fresnel reflector (CLFR) solar steam generators to produce up to 5 MW of power during peak demand periods.

Areva said the Sundt Solar Boost Project is part of TEP’s plan to expand its solar generating capacity to more than 200 MW by the end of 2014. Arizona’s Renewable Energy Standard requires electric utilities to increase their use of renewable energy each year until it accounts for 15 percent of their power in 2025.

The H. Wilson Sundt Generating Station includes four units capable of producing 422 MW of electricity. Three of the units burn primarily natural gas, while the fourth burns a mixture of coal and methane gas.

Construction of the Sundt Solar Boost is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2012, and the project is expected to be operational by early 2013.

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