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Duke Energy has purchased a commercial solar power project in Tucson.

Located within the University of Arizona's Science and Technology Park, the 6 MW Gato Montes project uses 48,000 solar photovoltaic thin-film, amorphous silicon technology -- a first in the Duke Energy Renewables fleet. The project is also unique at the UA Tech Park, where various solar projects are being tested under identical operating conditions to evaluate the most beneficial technology for solar energy production in the Southwest.

"Gato Montes is our fifth solar power project in Arizona in the past two years," said Duke Energy Renewables President Greg Wolf. "In fact, we'll have 37 MW of solar energy in production in Arizona by the end of the year, representing more than half of the 67 MW in our growing portfolio of solar projects nationwide."

The Gato project is Duke Energy Renewables' 12th wholly owned commercial solar project in the U.S.

Construction began in December 2011 and is expected to achieve commercial operation within the week. Tucson Electric Power Company will buy all of the electricity from the project under a 20-year agreement.

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