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Sept. 7, 2022

Media Advisory: UArizona to unveil new interactive display highlighting clean energy

  • What: University of Arizona and Tucson Electric Power leaders will speak at the unveiling a new interactive display on campus highlighting the university's Large-Scale Renewable Energy agreement with TEP.
  • When: Friday, Sept. 9, 10 a.m.
  • Where: South entrance to the Student Union Memorial Center, 1303 E. University Blvd.
  • RSVP: To RSVP for the event, email Nick Prevenas,

TUCSON, Ariz. – Tucson-based Creative Machines has built and installed a new interactive display on the University of Arizona to highlight the clean energy partnership between the university and Tucson Electric Power.

The installation demonstrates how clean energy is generated from TEP's Wilmot Energy Center solar-plus-storage system south of Tucson and its Oso Grande Wind farm in southeast New Mexico, and how it flows to the UArizona main campus.

It serves as a visual representation of the Large Scale Renewable Energy agreement between the university and TEP, which began in July 2021. The agreement will reduce UArizona's carbon footprint by one-third and save the university millions of dollars over the agreement's 20-year life. The agreement provides clean, renewable energy that eliminates all scope two emissions – those that result from the generation of electricity, heat or steam purchased from a utility.

Event speakers include:

  • Robert C. Robbins, University of Arizona president
  • Trevor Ledbetter, UArizona Office of Sustainability director
  • Susan Gray, Tucson Electric Power CEO
  • Erik Bakken, Tucson Electric Power vice president of system operations and energy resources
  • Joe O'Connell, Creative Machines founder, president and artistic director
  • Adan Banuelos, Creative Machines designer
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