UniSource Energy Services (UES) has more than doubled its renewable generating capacity with the expansion of a solar and wind project near Willcox, Ariz.
The 37-megawatt (MW) Red Horse project expansion, completed this month, will produce enough electricity annually to power more than 7,500 homes. Red Horse now represents UES’ single largest renewable energy resource, boosting the total capacity of its owned or leased renewable energy systems to about 66 MW.
“The Red Horse expansion was built from the ground up to provide our customers with the most solar energy for their money,” said Jeff Krauss, who oversees large-scale renewable projects for UES. “We’re committed to achieving our renewable energy goals through cost-effective investments that serve the best interests of all our customers.”
UES has about 21 MW of existing solar and wind facilities in Mohave County and a 7 MW solar array in Santa Cruz County. With the completion of the Red Horse expansion, approximately 12 percent of UES’ energy will come from renewable sources.
The company’s expanding clean energy portfolio is designed to comply with Arizona’s Renewable Energy Standard, which calls on utilities to increase their use of renewable power each year until it accounts for 15 percent of their energy by 2025.
UES provides electric service to approximately 93,000 customers in Mohave and Santa Cruz counties. The company also provides natural gas to approximately 150,000 customers in northern and southern Arizona.