UA and Tucson Electric partnering for 100% new renewable energy

A lot of organizations that claim to be 100% renewable are simply purchasing renewable energy credits from solar and wind farms that have already been built. So when the University of Arizona and Tucson Electric commit to new renewable generation, it’s particularly note-worthy.

The University of Arizona (UA) recently partnered with Tucson Electric Power (TEP) to provide its campus with enough power from new solar, storage and wind systems to meet 100 percent of its purchased power needs.

“We made a commitment to become a more sustainable campus, and now we have in place a system that will make a significant impact in just two years,” University of Arizona President Robert C. Robbins said. “I believe it is up to higher education institutions to lead the way on clean energy solutions.

The plan needs to be approved by the Arizona Corporation Commission but I can’t see any reason they would stop it.

Under the 20-year agreement, TEP will dedicate portions of two new renewable energy projects to meeting the energy needs of the University of Arizona, including a wind farm in New Mexico and a solar-plus-storage system southeast of Tucson.