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1 gigawatt of solar energy by 2025: Our plans for a greener and brighter future

SRP is proud to be one of the first utilities in the U.S. to create a broad set of long-term sustainability and solar energy targets. Our 2035 goals are the foundation for a reliable and sustainable future.   

One of the goals is to reduce our carbon emissions by 65% by 2035 and 90% by 2050 from 2005 levels. SRP is making this goal a reality by adding more clean energy such as solar to our energy mix. Also known as renewable energy, clean energy is made from resources that do not pollute the atmosphere when used.   

By 2025, SRP aims to add 2 gigawatts (GW) of solar to our resource portfolio. This is expected to help reduce our carbon dioxide emissions by about 21% relative to 2005 levels.  

Our promise for more solar energy

In 2011, Copper Crossing Solar Ranch was the first large-scale solar farm SRP added to the mix. Located in Pinal County, this solar farm allowed us to produce 20 megawatts (MW) of solar energy. Since then, SRP has strategically added more solar into our portfolio. 

In March, through a partnership with AES Solar, a 100 megawatt (MW) solar plant in Eloy, Arizona that provides solar energy to 21 large, commercial SRP customers including businesses, cities and educational institutions, went online. Going green is truly a team effort. 

With this addition, SRP’s energy mix includes 459 MW of large-scale solar. This is about 4.3% of SRP’s retail energy mix.    

We will continue to take a balanced and measured approach to add solar and other renewable energy sources to the mix. It’s important that we meet our goals for fewer carbon emissions while still providing affordable and reliable power. 

Why large-scale solar?

As you can probably see, we have our sights set on large, or utility-scale, solar projects. This includes those with technology that allows solar power to be produced into the late afternoon.   

The use of utility-scale solar farms to create clean energy in addition to storing energy with big batteries allows us to better serve our customers and support our grid, especially during the summer when energy demand is very high.  

Utility-scale projects allow us to cost-effectively introduce new solar resources onto our system and keep prices low for our customers.  

Powering your home with solar energy 

We’re supporting more solar development and cleaner energy in Arizona through the launch of our new program, SRP Solar Choice. This “utility-scale” solar approach enables customers – ranging from apartment renters to homeowners – to offset half or all their energy use with solar energy from Arizona solar farms. For customers who have rooftop solar or are interested in installing a rooftop system, we offer referrals to trained and vetted solar installers through the Preferred Solar Installers Program.  

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