Trico adds 10MW community solar project

Avion Solar dedication

On January 22, 2019, Trico Electric Cooperative held a dedication ceremony at its 10-megawatt Avion Community Solar Project on West Avra Valley Road, within the Town of Marana.

Trico Board President Nick Buckelew said Trico is committed to renewable energy.

“Changes in technology and the market have contributed to making renewables more cost effective,” Mr. Buckelew said. “This, along with increased interest among our Members, has Trico finding new ways to bring the benefits of solar to our service areas.”

In the past 10 years, Trico’s energy mix has transformed from less than 1% renewable energy to almost 14% renewable energy. Trico’s renewable energy program dates to 2005 when Bob Hall, who attended the Avion dedication ceremony, became Trico’s first residential solar Member.

In 2012, Trico completed the installation of the SunWatts Community Sun Farm, a 227 kW, ground-mounted solar power system at its facility located at its office on Tangerine Road.

 “As a member-owned electric distribution cooperative, Trico listens to its Members,” Mr. Buckelew said. “We continue to hear from our Members that they want renewable energy programs, and we will continue to respond to our community with cost-effective renewable energy options such as this Avion Community Solar Project.”

Avion consists of over 40,000 solar photovoltaic modules. It will produce more than 30,000 megawatt-hours of electric energy each year, or enough to power about 3,000 average residential homes in the Trico service territory.

Marana Mayor Ed Honea said the Avion Community Solar Project is a great addition to the Town of Marana.

“It gives us all an opportunity to work together and make our community even better,” Mayor Honea said. “Just like Trico, the Town of Marana is dedicated to energy efficiency and conservation.”