Batteries are now operational at Avion Solar
The Avion Solar Facility has been providing Trico with clean energy since 2018, and now we have added battery energy storage to the system.
On May 9, 2023, Trico held a ribbon‑cutting ceremony at Avion, attended by representatives from the Town of Marana, the Marana Chamber of Commerce, Torch Clean Energy and Solv Energy. The Town of Marana Mayor Ed Honea, Sarah Born from Torch and Trico CEO & GM Brian Heithoff gave speeches about the battery energy storage system and what it means to Trico’s Members and the Town of Marana.
“It’s an honor to be here and see how innovative Trico is with what they do in the community,” Mayor Honea said. “The batteries are really important because they provide service for us in times of emergency.”
The annual energy output of the Avion solar system is over 30,000 MWh per year, which is enough to power approximately 3,000 average residential homes. The 15 MW/30 MWh battery system matches the Chirreon Solar and Battery Storage Facility. The batteries can power about 4,000 homes for two hours.
“This will not only help us to provide some resilience but more importantly help us to save money when we discharge the battery over the most expensive part of the day so just another way Trico is looking out for its Members’ best interest,” Eric Hawkins said.
“The cornerstone of our plan is to have a balanced portfolio, so we intend to invest more in battery and solar while continuing to work with our partners to invest in new efficient natural gas technology,” Mr. Heithoff said. “The whole portfolio we put together is working together to ensure that we provide reliable service to our Members.
“(Avion) is tied for the largest battery installation of any cooperative in Arizona, and we are tied with ourselves for the Chirreon and Avion Solar sites. We are proud of that.”
Avion Solar & Battery Facts
Here are some facts about the project:
Solar Commissioned: December 14, 2018
System: 10 MW Single-axis tracking
Number of panels: 40,716 solar photovoltaic modules
Annual energy output: Over 30,000 MWh annually, which is enough to power approximately 3,000 average residential homes.
Battery System: 15 MW/30 MWh. The batteries can power about 4,000 homes for two hours.
Renewable Energy: About 33 percent of Trico’s retail sales come from renewable resources.