Array Technologies, Inc. (ATI) has announced the commissioning and completion of the tracking system for the 71 MW-ac Red Horse 2 combined wind and solar project, which is expected to provide power for 13,500 Arizona homes.
The plant generates energy from Vestas V110 wind turbines and 75 MW-dc of Jinko solar modules, whose power output is optimized by Array Technologies’ DuraTrack HZ single-axis trackers. The Red Horse 2 project is one of the first combined wind and solar sites in the country.
Built by veteran engineering, procurement and construction company (EPC) Swinerton Renewable Energy, the project’s construction was completed ahead of schedule with the solar plant, including trackers, built and commissioned in only 35 weeks. With commissioning activities completed, the site is now fully operational and has reached its commercial operation date (COD).
Tucson Electric Power (TEP) will buy the energy generated by the site under a 20-year power purchase agreement, with Swinerton responsible for site operations and maintenance. An affiliate of D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments, L.L.C. (DESRI) acquired and financed the project in August 2014.