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February 19, 2003

U.S. Marine Base and Tucson Utility to Add Large Solar Power Facilities

Two planned solar power installations, both greater than one megawatt in generating capacity, were announced in February. The projects are to be installed at the Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Command (MAGTFTC) in Twentynine Palms, California, and as an addition to Tucson Electric Power's existing 2.4-megawatt solar array at Springerville Generating Station in eastern Arizona.

At Twentynine Palms, Johnson Controls, Inc. will install a 1.1-megawatt solar power plant as part of a $51 million energy and facility system upgrade program. The program, performed under an Energy Savings Performance Contract, also includes a major air conditioning system upgrade to serve more than 30 buildings and improved lighting controls and skylights in a dozen warehouses. Construction should begin in February. See the Johnson Controls press release.

At the Springerville Generating Station, Global Solar Energy will provide both crystalline silicon and thin-film cadmium telluride solar panels totaling more than one megawatt in capacity. See the Global Solar press release.