Tucson-based solar energy provider Solon Corp.  has completed construction of a 5-megawatt solar plant on the southeast side for Tucson Electric Power Co.

The fixed-tilt photovoltaic system, known as the Prairie Fire Solar Plant, was designed and constructed by Solon for TEP, which will own and operate the solar production facility.

The 5 MW system spans 28 acres and is comprised of more than 17,000 solar panels. The construction of the system, located near East Valencia and East Old Vail roads, took just 10 weeks and created the equivalent of 75 full-time local jobs, Solon said.

Over the course of a year, the Prairie Fire array is expected to produce approximately 9,000 megawatt hours of electricity, enough to power more than 850 homes.

The Prairie Fire system is the third utility-scale solar array Solon has developed for TEP in Tucson.

By the end of 2013, TEP expects to have more than 250 MW of renewable generating capacity, enough energy to power the equivalent of about 50,000 homes.

With the activation of Prairie Fire, Solon has nearly 65 MW of solar resources installed and operating in the state.