Where We're Going Next
Enough wind and solar energy to power almost every home in Tucson.
Tucson Electric Power has been a solar energy leader for nearly two decades. We already get 13 percent of our power from renewable resources, with enough wind and solar energy to power more than 115,000 homes. And we’re just getting started.
By 2030, TEP plans to have three times as much wind and solar energy as we do today. That’s enough to power almost every home in the Tucson area.
Renewable Power for Everyone
The company owns and buys power from efficient community-scale renewable systems with a combined capacity of more than 350 megawatts (MWs). These wind, solar and other renewable resources produce power that TEP delivers to customers every day.
TEP will more than double its wind and solar capacity over the next two years with three new systems that are expected to be completed by 2021:
- A 100-MW solar array paired with a 30 MW battery storage system in Tucson.
- A 99-MW wind system in western New Mexico.
- A 250-MW wind system in southeastern New Mexico.
TEP will pursue additional opportunities to add hundreds more megawatts of renewable resources, boosting its total renewable energy portfolio to about 1,200 MW. Our 30 by 30 plan will give us enough renewable energy to serve the average annual electric needs of about 350,000 Tucson homes.
Our Energy Future
We’re committed to providing safe, reliable, affordable and sustainable service to our community – a community that includes not only our customers, but also our employees, families, neighbors and friends.
As our community grows, TEP will deliver service to tens of thousands more customers using cleaner generating resources with lower emissions and water usage. In addition to adding more wind and solar, TEP has made other significant strides toward a more sustainable energy future.
TEP, which ranks among the utility industry’s leaders in energy storage development, is working to add more flexible storage systems to its infrastructure. The company is planning to add a 30 MW, four-hour battery energy storage system that will be charged by a new 100 MW solar array. We’re also evaluating participation in the proposed Big Chino Valley pumped hydroelectric storage project.
TEP is on track to eliminate a third of its coal-fired resources within the next five years. To replace that generating capacity, the company plans to add flexible, efficient resources that will help improve air quality.