Solar FlexRack selected by Tucson Electric Power for 15 MW solar project

Raptor Ridge community solar project

Solar FlexRack announced it provided cost-effective solutions and engineering expertise to Tucson Electric Power (TEP) for an innovative community solar project in southern Arizona.

TEP’s 15 megawatt (MW) Raptor Ridge solar array was commissioned this month at a 100-acre site in Tucson, Arizona. The solar energy project utilizes Solar FlexRack’s single-axis trackers to support 35,500 bifacial modules, which increase energy production by up to 30 percent compared to monofacial modules.

The new array will supply power for the TEP GoSolar Home program, which provides a renewable energy option for renters and homeowners, including those whose rooftops are shaded by trees or nearby buildings. Participants can buy clean solar energy without installation or equipment maintenance costs.

“We selected Solar FlexRack from many solar racking options because of their engineering expertise and solar tracker architecture with minimal backside shading design, well suited for bifacial modules,” said Jeff Krauss, TEP’s Manager of Community Scale Renewable Resources.

Nearly 50 percent of households and businesses are not able to host rooftop solar systems in the U.S., according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Community solar market in the U.S. will add more than 4.5 GW of total capacity over the next five years.

Mike Herman, Director of Operations at Solar FlexRack, said: “We look forward to providing our engineering expertise and reliable and time-tested trackers in additional impactful community solar projects in 2022 and the years to come.”