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Duke Energy Renewables has completed its 10 MW Black Mountain Solar Power Project near Kingman, Ariz., adding 27 MW to the company's presence in the state.

Duke purchased the Black Mountain solar from SOLON Corp. in May 2012. It began operation late last December providing power to customers of UniSource Energy Services (UES). UES is purchasing the power generated at the Black Mountain site through a 20-year agreement. It is the largest solar array in UES's renewable energy portfolio and is expected to produce enough energy to power about 1,900 homes annually.

Duke is also selling energy from the 6 MW Gato Montes Solar Power Project to Tucson Electric Power Company (TEP) who will buy all of the electricity from the project under a 20-year agreement.

The project is located within the University of Arizona's (UA) Science and Technology Park (UA Tech Park) in an area dedicated to solar energy.

The solar photovoltaic thin-film, amorphous silicon technology used in the Gato Montes project is a first in the Duke Energy Renewables fleet. It is also unique at the UA Tech Park, where solar projects are being tested under identical operating conditions to evaluate the most beneficial technology for solar energy production in the Southwest.

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