Here’s how we’re greening up the grid with solar power

The nickname Sunshine State may belong to another place, but that doesn’t stop the sun from beaming down for a yearly average of 300 days here in Arizona.

We know the importance of powering the grid of the future with clean, renewable energy from the sun. And this is the Valley of the Sun after all.

When it comes to solar, SRP is investing in utility-scale solar. Whether you’re renting, passing through or an Arizona resident for life, we want you to feel good about where your power comes from and the price you pay for it.

What is utility-scale solar? Utility-scale solar means solar energy is distributed to participating customers from solar generation facilities versus customers generating their own solar.

Advancing solar in the desert

Many have recognized the environmental benefit of solar energy. This is apparent from the amount of rooftop solar installed on customers’ homes, large business customers entering into solar agreements through our Sustainable Energy Offering, and programs like SRP Solar Choice™ and SRP Solar for NonprofitsTM.

Here at SRP, one of the ways we are addressing the effects of climate change and achieving decarbonization is by implementing more solar. While great strides have been made to advance solar in Arizona, there’s also tremendous work yet to be done.

That’s why we are taking major steps toward a cleaner and greener future.

2,025 MW of solar power output by 2025 

SRP is more than 60% of the way to achieving its goal of adding 2,025 MW of clean solar energy to the grid by 2025. Last year, we introduced the Sonoran and Storey energy centers, which are due to come online in 2023.  

Recently, we announced that we are in the process of developing our largest solar power plant, CO Bar Solar.  

Our largest battery system is now online

Have you ever wondered what happens to solar energy once it’s captured? Or what happens at nighttime or on a stormy day? While the sun provides an abundant source of clean energy, this energy needs to be immediately used or stored in large batteries.

That’s where large-scale battery storage systems come into play. Learn more about our newest and largest battery system at the Bolster Substation in Peoria.

Adding more clean energy to the grid 

In order to meet our aggressive carbon reduction goals, we made the historic decision to shut down Navajo Generating Station. While the closure of our largest coal plant was being planned, a new partnership with the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA) was underway.

Learn more about the Kayenta Solar generation facility.

Support the advancement of solar energy in the Valley

As you can see, SRP is in the process of greatly expanding our solar capabilities while keeping power reliable and affordable. In the meantime, we invite you to sign up for SRP Solar Choice – a new program that allows customers to offset their home’s electric use with clean energy from the sun.

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