Tucson Electric Power is partnering with Areva Solar to build a 5 megawatt concentrating solar project to produce power. This will be an addition to TEP’s H. Wilson Sundt generating station in Tucson.
Concentrated solar power systems utilize lenses or mirrors to concentrate sunlight onto a small area. Power is produced when the concentrated sunlight is converted to heat that creates steam which drives a turbine to power an electrical power generator.
This project will use a solar compact linear fresnel reflector to power steam generators to produce energy during peak demand periods. Construction is slated to begin this spring with operation beginning in early 2013.
From the news source: http://thesolarnews.com/2012/01/tep-selects-areva-solar-as-technology-partner-for-innovative-csp-booster-project/