TEP and TUSD to dedicate solar installation at Palo Verde magnet high school

TUCSON, Ariz., May 14, 2001 — TEP and Tucson Unified School District will dedicate a 5kW solar system at Palo Verde High Magnet School on May 16.

The system was designed by senior engineering students at the school at a part of the Photovoltaics for Schools Project, and is eligible for a $10,000 reimbursement from TEP as a part of the SunShare program.

“We are eager to share this unique energy and education success story,” said Dr. Stan Paz, TUSD superintendent. “We hope these students are learning how many homes and businesses can be powered by solar today and in the future.”

With the addition of the 5kW sun-powered system, the school is expected to save approximately $1,500 annually. The cost of the photovoltaic system was $25,000, of which $10,000 will be paid back to TUSD from TEP as a part of the SunShare program. SunShare is designed to assist with the up-front costs of solar on local residences and businesses.

“The more options we have for power generation the better our ability to deliver reliable, cost-effective electricity,” said Steve Glaser, TEP senior vice president and chief operating officer of transmission and distribution. “Renewable resources create an additional dimension to our fuel sources.”

Both Paz and Glaser will be at the dedication ceremony to make brief remarks and to “flip the switch” on this project.

TEP is Arizona’s second-largest investor-owned electricity utility company, and the primary subsidiary of Tucson-based UniSource Energy Corp.