Arizona Utility Builds Solar Trough Plant

May 01, 2004

Photo of a solar trough plant.

There are nine solar trough plants currently operating in the United States, including this one in Kramer Junction, California.
Credit: Kramer Junction Company

Arizona's largest utility, APS, broke ground in March on Arizona's first commercial solar trough power plant. The new APS solar trough plant will be built at the company's Saguaro Power Plant near Red Rock, about 30 miles north of Tucson, and will generate as much as 1 MW of power beginning in April 2005. APS built the plant to meet the requirement of the solar energy requirement of the Arizona Corporation Commission's renewable portfolio standard. For more information, see APS' March 24 press release.