Duke Energy Renewables completes Black Mountain Solar Project in Arizona

Wed Jan 9, 2013 11:00am EST

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CHARLOTTE, N.C.,  Jan. 9, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Duke Energy Renewables, part of
Duke Energy's Commercial Businesses, announced today the completion of its
10-megawatt (MW) Black Mountain Solar Power Project near  Kingman, Ariz.

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"The  Black Mountain  solar farm joins our growing portfolio of projects in 
Arizona," said Duke Energy Renewables President  Greg Wolf. "With Black Mountain
now producing electricity, Duke Energy has established a solid presence in the
state with 37 MW of solar power in commercial operation. We're pleased to be
bringing clean, renewable energy from the  Black Mountain  project to  Arizona 
homes and businesses."

The utility-scale solar project in  Mohave County  began providing power to
customers of UniSource Energy Services (UES) in mid-December. 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.

"We've dedicated significant time and effort to embrace solar energy as a clean,
cost-effective renewable resource for our customers," said  Paul J. Bonavia,
chairman and CEO of UES and its parent company, UNS Energy Corporation. "The 
Black Mountain  system shows how we can expand our renewable energy portfolio
while also investing in our community and help to create jobs."  

Duke Energy Renewables purchased the  Black Mountain  photovoltaic project from
SOLON Corp. in  May 2012. SOLON designed and constructed the solar array and
will continue to handle operations, monitoring and maintenance of the system.

"We commend Duke Renewables as well as UniSource Energy Services for their
commitment to renewable energy," said  Jared Schoch, vice president and general
manager of power plants at SOLON Corporation. "The completion of  Black Mountain
 is another success story of industry partners working together to provide
cost-effective solar to utilities, homes and businesses. We are especially proud
that this project created more than 250 local jobs during its construction."

The Black Mountain Solar Power Project consists of 42,000 PV panels and is Duke
Energy Renewables' 13th  wholly owned commercial solar project. In addition to 
Black Mountain, Duke Energy Renewables has four other commercial solar projects
in  Arizona:

 Projects                        Location         Capacity   In-service    PV       
                                                             
date         
panels  
 Ajo Solar Project               Pima County      5 MW       Sept. 2011    21,000   
 Bagdad Solar Project            Yavapai County   15 MW      Dec. 2011     72,000   
 *Prescott Valley Solar Project  Prescott Valley  1.5 MW DC  May 2012      13,524   
 Gato Montes Solar Project       Tucson           6 MW       Dec. 2012     48,000   


*The Prescott Valley Solar Project was developed by INDU Solar Holdings, LLC, a
joint venture formed by Duke Energy Renewables and Integrys Solar, LLC.  

Since 2007, Duke Energy has invested more than  $2.5 billion  to grow its
commercial wind and solar business.

About Duke Energy Renewables
Duke Energy Renewables, part of Duke Energy's Commercial Businesses, is a leader
in developing innovative  wind  and  solar  energy generation projects for
customers throughout  the United States. The company's growing portfolio of
commercial renewable assets includes 13 wind farms and 13 solar farms in
operation in nine states, totaling more than 1,300 megawatts in
electric-generating capacity.  

Learn more at  www.duke-energy.com/renewables.  

Headquartered in  Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) is a Fortune 250
company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More
information about the company is available on the Internet at: 
www.duke-energy.com.

About UniSource Energy Services
UniSource Energy Services, a subsidiary of UNS Energy Corporation (NYSE: UNS),
provides electric service to about 91,000 customers in  Mohave  and  Santa Cruz 
Counties. UES also provides natural gas to more than 146,000 customers in 
Mohave,  Yavapai,  Coconino,  Navajo  and Santa Cruz Counties.  For more
information, visit uesaz.com.  To learn more about UNS Energy, visit uns.com.

About SOLON Corporation
SOLON Corporation (www.SOLON.com) is a leading provider of utility-scale and
large commercial photovoltaic (PV) system solutions to the North American
market.  SOLON delivers complete and cost-effective turnkey PV systems to its
partners with a streamlined approach from project development, design and
construction to financing and operation. With NA headquarters in  Tucson, AZ 
and offices in  Phoenix  and  San Francisco, SOLON is driven by a passion for
innovation and a commitment to providing superior solar solutions with
unrivalled quality and reliability.  Founded in 2007, SOLON Corporation is a
subsidiary of the SOLON Group, a leading international provider of solar
solutions for residential, commercial and utility-scale applications. The SOLON
Group, one of the oldest pure play solar companies in operation, was established
in 1996 and operates subsidiaries in  Germany,  Italy  and the U.S. with more
than 600 employees worldwide.  For more information, visit  www.SOLON.com.

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