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Tucson City Solar Installations

Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild presenting at a Solar 101 Event

Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild presenting at a Solar 101 event

 

The City of Tucson is committed to leading the way with solar installations on City properties. Since 1999, Tucson has installed 25 photovoltaic arrays and 7 solar hot water heaters on City properties, including community centers, the Tucson Convention Center, the City’s Price Service Center, police substations, a parking garage, a reservoir deck, etc. There are currently about 4.7 MW (megawatts) of solar power at these locations. The solar hot water installations are at a community center, two fire stations, a swimming pool and the police/fire training academy. Tucson is one of 25 cities designated as a Solar America City by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in recognition of this history of solar leadership. Tucson is also one of the few cities in Arizona to have a Solar Coordinator.

The City of Tucson works with Pima County, the Arizona congressional delegation, the Governor’s Office of Energy Policy, the Southern Arizona Regional Solar Partnership, and other groups to advance solar in Southern Arizona.

In addition:

  • The City has adopted “solar ready” requirements for all new construction of single family homes and duplexes to assure that future solar PV and hot water can be easily installed.
  • The City works with Pima County to make solar information available on the Solar One Stop.
  • The City makes available on-line live solar production data from many of its projects.
  • The City purchases solar power to operate some of Tucson Water’s pumps on the Central Arizona Project.
  • The City has leased land for large solar farms in the Avra Valley.
  • The City assisted the Barrio Centro neighborhood in installing solar street lights throughout the neighborhood. 

 

Solar America City

 

Solar Links

 

Solar Sites Maintained by the City of Tucson

Click on the links below to view information about each solar site maintained by the City of Tucson.

 

 

Photovoltaic Installations


Clements Fitness Center
8155 E Poinciana Drive
Installation Date: Mar 2005
Adjacent to the Ward IV Council Office, Clements Fitness Center was equipped with solar panels to power the Fitness Center.


El Rio Adult Education Center
1390 W Speedway Blvd
Installation Date: Dec 2001
The El Rio Adult Education Center opens with roof-top panels. Operated by the Parks and Recreation Department, the panels were installed to power part of the Community Center.


Hardesty Service Center (Midtown Multi-Service Center)
1100 South Alvernon Way / 3825 East 22nd Street
Installation Date: Dec 2003
The Patrick K. Hardesty Midtown Multi-Service Center opens with solar panels atop the roof, helping power operations for different city departments including Tucson Police and Tucons Water. The Hardesty Multi Service Center also boasts a solar daylighting design for added benefits.


Hayden Udall Treatment Plant Phases I-II
4401 S Tucson Estates Blvd
Installation Date: 2002
The Hayden-Udall Water Treatment Facility Phase I array is the first City of Tucson solar project to take advantage of the many large parcels of land in the metropolitan area. Owned by Tucson Water, a total of five phases are scheduled to inhabit the space.


Pennington Street Garage
110 E Pennington Way
Installation Date: Sep 2005
The Pennington Street Garage becomes the first City garage to utilize solar power, becoming the largest single solar project within the City of Tucson’s facilities. You may track its usage and performance through Fat Spaniel : Live Fat Spaniel Data.


Thornydale Resevoir Phases I-III
11701 N Thornydale Road
Installation Date:
Located on a Water Reservoir north of Tucson, these panels were installed on an unused concrete roof. Maintained by Tucson Water, a total of five phases are planned for this site alone.


Ward IV Council Office/Southeast Service Center
8155 E Poinciana Drive
Installation Date: Jul 1999
Home of Council Member Shirley Scott since 1995, the South-East Service Center (Ward IV) becomes the first City of Tucson owned facility to have solar power and have green building principles incorporated into all aspects of design. Live Sunny Portal Data.


Zoo School/Brown Conservation Learning Center
1100 S Randolph Way
Installation Date: Feb 2008
The Lee H. Brown Family Conservation Learning Center opens as Tucson's first LEED Platinum certified facility, with both solar pv and solar thermal. You may also track its usage and performance online. Live Sunny Portal Data.

PSTA CREBs Array

Public Safety Training Academy (PSTA)
10001 S. Wilmot Road
Installation Date: June, 2009
The PSTA single-axis tracking array is a 472.5 kW DC CREBs project designed to more efficiently capture the sun's incident energy as the day progresses. Live Fat Spaniel Data

El Rio CREBs Array

El Rio
1390 W. Speedway Blvd
Installation Date: August, 2009
The El Rio array is a 23.29 kW DC CREBs project that uses fixed PV panels to generate electricity for the city. Live Fat Spaniel Data

El Pueblo CREBs Array

El Pueblo
101 W. Irvington Rd.
Installation Date: May, 2009
The El Pueblo array is a 97.65 kW DC CREBs project that uses fixed PV panels to generate electricity for the city. Live Fat Spaniel Data

Hayden-Udall CREBs Array

Hayden-Udall Water Treatment Facility
4401 S. Tucson Estates Blvd
Installation Date: July, 2009
The Hayden-Udall single-axis tracking array is a 226.8 kW DC CREBs project designed to more efficiently capture the sun's incident energy as the day progresses. Live Fat Spaniel Data

IT CREBs Array

Information Technology
481 W. Paseo Redondo
Installation Date: July, 2009
The IT array is a 34.65 kW DC CREBs project that uses fixed PV panels to generate electricity for the city. Live Fat Spaniel Data

Roger Road Reclamation CREBs

Roger Road Reclamation
2600 W. Sweetwater Drive
Installation Date: November, 2009
The Roger Road Reclamation Water Reservoir is a 110 kW DC CREBs solar array. This array was built on a reservoir deck as its special design allowed for a tracking system. Live Fat Spaniel Data

Parks Purchasing Warehouse CREBs Array

Parks Purchasing Warehouse
850 S. Randolph Way
Installation Date: May, 2009
The Parks Purchasing Warehouse array is a 47.32 kW DC CREBs project that utilizes the unique Solyndra photovoltaic system in order to capture sunlight efficiently all day long. Live Fat Spaniel Data

Sun Tran Bus Maintenance Facility
Sun Tran Bus Maintenance Facility
3920 North Sun Tran Blvd
Installation Date: December, 2009
The new Sun Tran Bus Maintenance Facility will be the newest home for Sun Tran. As part of the 2nd phase of the building process, solar was installed atop 6 steel canopies that shade parked buses. Live Sunny Portal Data.

 

Solar Hot Water Installations


Adaptive Recreation Center
3455 E Zoo Court Drive
Installation Date: November 2004
With two pools placed at the Adaptive Recreation Center, one for theraputic use which is heated from a boiler, and another for recreational use which uses the solar hot water heaters installed at the site.


Archer Neighborhood Center
1665 S La Cholla Blvd
Installation Date: 2005/2006
In addition to servicing various applications in the Archer Neighborhood Center, the 3 collectors at the facility represent one of the City of Tucson's oldest solar projects.


Zoo School
1100 S Randolph Way
Installation Date: Feb 2008
The Lee H. Brown Family Conservation Learning Center opens as Tucson's first LEED Platinum certified facility, with both solar pv and solar thermal.


Public Safety Training Academy (PSTA)
10001 S. Wilmot Road
Installation Date: Feb 2008
Heating water for the Public Safety Training Academy facility, this system is accompanied by a solar photovoltaic system through the Clean and Renewable Energy Bonds (CREBS) program rated at 472.5 kW DC.


Fire Station #22
6810 S Alvernon Way
Installation Date: Jan 2007
Built as the first LEED Certified Gold Fire Station in Arizona, Fire Station #22 opens as a Fire Station for the City of Tucson with solar water heating for site operational uses.


Fire Central
300 South Fire Central Place
Installation Date: December 2009
3 different collectors heat water for the new Fire Central and help this facility meet a LEED certified Gold rating.