- Associated Press - Thursday, December 22, 2016

SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. (AP) - A 20-megawatt solar energy facility has opened east of Tucson.

The Sierra Vista Herald reports (https://bit.ly/2hXp2i0 ) that Arizona utility provider Sulphur Springs Valley Cooperative and California-based energy company SunPower announced Wednesday that their solar facility is now open and will provide energy to nearly 3,000 customers in rural areas south of Willcox.

The Solar Energy Industries Association estimates that the project will produce enough energy to power 2,800 average homes over two decades.

Under its deal with SunPower, SSVEC will purchase the electricity provided by the nearly 53,000 solar panel system at a flat rate for the next 20 years. SSVEC Chief Member Services Officer Jack Blair says the price has not been publicly disclosed but is comparable to the current rate the utility provider pays other energy producers.

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Information from: Sierra Vista Herald, https://www.svherald.com


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