Trico has and continues to make community scale renewables part of its overall resource planning to meet the future energy needs of its Members. With economies of scale, large utility or community renewables can be more than three times less expensive than smaller retail systems. Benefits of community scale renewables are shared by all the Trico membership.
Trico’s community scale systems provide over 45,000,000 kilowatt hours per year of renewable energy or enough to power more than 4,500 homes. Trico’s community scale systems include:
227 kilowatt AC fixed panel solar PV system located adjacent to the Trico headquarters which was constructed in 2011. Funded by Members purchase of panel output and through a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
20,000 kilowatt ac single axis tracking solar PV system. Apache Solar is a joint project with Trico and other electric cooperatives in Arizona which was constructed in 2017. Trico has a 25% allocation or 5,000 kilowatt ac. The project is located adjacent to the Apache Generating Station in Benson.
10,000 kilowatt ac single axis tracking solar PV system located in Marana. Trico partnered with Torch Clean Energy and Farm Credit leasing on the project that went into service in December of 2018.
FUTURE PROJECT - CHIRREON SOLAR
10,000 kilowatt ac single axis tracking solar PV system and 15,000 kilowatt ac battery storage system located near Saddlebrooke. Trico partnered with Torch Clean Energy, Swinerton Renewable Energy and Farm Credit leasing on the project. Procurement has already commenced and construction on Chirreon is projected to start later this year with the goal of completing the work and putting the facility into operation before summer 2022.
45,000 Megawatt-hours of electric energy each year
The Sun Farm is currently fully subscribed, but there is always the possibility that panels may become available in the future. If you’d like to be placed on a waiting list for future availability, please email us firstname.lastname@example.org.