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SRP solar expansion announcement: Cutting emissions through major solar + battery energy purchase

SRP solar is expanding once again. SRP announced on Jan. 15 that a Request for Proposal (RFP) for up to 400 megawatts (MW) of new solar energy has been issued.

The RFP seeks proposals for up to 200 MW of solar to be sited on the Navajo Nation, which is explained more in this article by Navajo Times. The remaining 200 MW is not location-specific and must deliver to SRP’s transmission system.

To learn more about the RFP read about it in the SRP newsroom.

As part of its commitment to reduce carbon emissions and invest in 1,000 megawatts of new utility-scale solar energy by 2025, SRP has recently announced investments in new solar energy + battery storage plants.

Meet two new SRP solar family members

Sonoran Energy Center will be an approximately 250-megawatt system with the solar array charging a 1 gigawatt-hour energy storage system and will be built in Little Rainbow Valley, south of Buckeye.

Also read: SRP recently expanded Kayenta Solar Facility

The Sonoran Energy Center will be the largest solar-charged battery project in the state and the addition of these two plants will make SRP one of the largest investors in energy storage in the nation.

The Storey Energy Center will be an approximately 88-megawatt solar and energy storage system and is scheduled to be built south of Coolidge.

SRP solar is powering the future

Combined, these plants will generate enough solar energy to power approximately 100,000 homes and will store excess energy in state-of-the-art battery storage systems that will be available to customers during the peak energy usage period when demand is at its highest.

The solar plants will also contribute to the SRP goal of adding 1,000 megawatts of new utility-scale, solar energy to its system by the end of the fiscal year 2025 as well as SRP’s 2035 goal to reduce the number of carbon emissions per megawatt-hour by more than 60 percent and by 90 percent in 2050.

With the closing of the Navajo Generating Station, the utility is well on its way to achieving these goals while continuing to aggressively pursuing renewable generation.

“These integrated solar and storage plants will allow SRP to meet its summer peak demand, reduce carbon emissions, and provide clean energy to our customers while optimizing energy output using state-of-the-art battery technology.”

SRP General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Mike Hummel.

Renewing the power grid with clean energy

“These integrated solar and storage plants will allow SRP to meet its summer peak demand, reduce carbon emissions, and provide clean energy to our customers while optimizing energy output using state-of-the-art battery technology,” said SRP General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Mike Hummel. “In addition, these plants will get SRP more than 60 percent toward our goal of adding 1,000 megawatts of new utility-scale, solar energy to its system by the end of the fiscal year 2025.”

Read about some of SRP’s efforts to modernize the grid at Electricity 101: How the grid works.

The projects were chosen as the result of an open “All-Source” solicitation for resources and will help serve SRP’s summer peak load. Both plants are scheduled to be online by June 2023 and will be owned and operated by subsidiaries of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC.

We are pleased to help SRP serve its customers with more clean, affordable, renewable energy, combined with the flexibility of battery energy storage systems,” said Matt Handel, vice president of development for NextEra Energy Resources, the world’s largest generator of renewable energy. “These projects will also provide a significant economic boost for their local communities and for Arizona, including good jobs and millions of dollars in additional tax revenue.”

Read more SRP solar-related content on the blog.

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