Avra Valley solar farm nearly complete

By David Wichner

Arizona Daily Star

On a sun-drenched expanse of former farmland in the Avra Valley area northwest of Tucson, a new project will soon begin harvesting a different kind of crop: energy from the sun.

A roughly 2-square-mile, 25-megawatt photovoltaic array being built by California-based SunEdison at Emigh and Sanders roads is nearing completion.

The project, costing about $100 million of which roughly $30 million will come from federal taxpayers, is expected to begin generating energy for Tucson Electric Power Co. around the end of this month.

It’s just one of several utility-scale TEP solar projects expected to come online in the next few months, including an even bigger, 34 MW photovoltaic array just west of the SunEdison project that is slated to go live in November.

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