Trico’s renewable energy future
Trico is working to satisfy the energy needs of the members and communities we serve with a resource portfolio that reduces reliance on non-renewable resources while maintaining reliability and affordability.
Trico procures the energy that powers your homes and businesses from long-term wholesale purchase power agreements and from its own renewable energy portfolio. Historically, Trico’s energy mix has included generation from coal, natural gas, hydro-electric, and renewable sources.
Over the last 10 years, Trico has been reducing its reliance on coal and expanding its use of cost‐effective renewable resources, particularly solar. Energy from coal has reduced from 75% in 2010 to 38% in 2020, while energy from renewable resources has increased from less than 1% in 2010 to more than 16% in 2020.
Trico’s renewable resources include the Sunwatts Sun Farm, Apache Solar facility in Benson, and our 10,000-kilowatt Avion Solar facility in Marana. In addition, more than 2,900 Trico Members now have solar energy systems at their home or business. You can learn more about these resources and Trico’s renewable energy strategy here.
Trico’s latest renewable project is the Chirreon Solar facility, which will be constructed in the SaddleBrooke area. The Chirreon Solar project is expected to be completed in 2021 and includes a 10,000-kilowatt single axis tracking solar photo voltaic system located in the SaddleBrooke area and a large scale 12,000-kilowatt battery storage system. The facility will produce enough energy to meet the needs of 3,000 homes. Construction has started on upgrades to Trico’s lines in the area and this work will improve reliability while also adding another renewable resource for Trico to use for years to come.
The importance and value of renewable energy is more evident every day. Trico is committed to providing its Members environmentally responsible, affordable, and reliable service. Community scale renewable resources, like Chirreon Solar, will continue to be an important part of Trico’s energy future.