Your energy grid to get a major boost of solar

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Highlights

  • SRP plans to add 1,000 megawatts (MW) of solar energy by 2025.
  • This plan accelerates both the pace and the total amount of our current solar energy resource plans.
  • We expect to reduce our carbon dioxide emissions by an equivalent to what is produced by more than 1 million passenger cars driven in a year.
  • By 2025, we will have more than 1,200 MW of solar energy.

SRP customers will see an increase in solar thanks to a plan that will add 1,000 megawatts (MW) of new solar energy to our system by 2025. The plan will accelerate both the pace and the total amount of our solar energy resources by 700 MW compared to current resource plans during the same timeframe.

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“This proposal is a foundational part of providing programs that bring increased value to our customers while partnering with them to achieve mutually desired renewable energy goals,” said SRP GM & CEO Mike Hummel.

“This proposal represents a growing commitment to sustainability that is both reliable and affordable,” said SRP’s CEO and General Manager Mike Hummel. “It focuses on investments in utility-scale solar projects that have higher solar capture efficiencies and therefore provide optimal value for our customers.”

According to Hummel, the costs for solar energy continue to decrease – making this the right time to increase our investment. In addition, a recent study has determined that our grid is prepared to reliably handle additional amounts of solar power.

“Over the past several months, we have had discussions with residential customers and many of our larger commercial, industrial and municipal customers regarding their needs for sustainable resources. Several customers have asked us to work with them on providing resource options that help them achieve their goals,” said Hummel. “This proposal is a foundational part of providing programs that bring increased value to our customers while partnering with them to achieve mutually desired renewable energy goals.”

Paving the way for more solar

Approximately 200 MW of new solar will be added each year through 2025, which will allow for careful analysis of the impact to the reliability of our energy grid and provide valuable operational experience. We will look for strategic locations to build the new solar capacity that will provide the maximum benefit while best meeting customer growth.

“We are continually working toward a more sustainable future as well as reducing our carbon footprint for the benefit of SRP’s customers and the communities we serve,” said SRP President David Rousseau. “This plan affirms our commitment in a manner that brings the most value to our customers while providing the greatest environmental impact.”

To that end, we will examine programs to allocate the additional solar to various customer groups, including community solar for residential customers. At SRP, we want you to feel that you’re getting the information and resources about solar you need to make smart energy choices, whether it is for your home or business.

The addition of 1,000 MW of solar energy is expected to reduce our carbon dioxide emissions by about 5.2 million tons – the equivalent produced by more than 1 million passenger cars driven in a year.

Current solar energy resources

SRP currently has about 200 MW of existing solar resources that include:

  • Several large-scale Valley-based solar energy facilities
  • More than 50 MW of solar on Navajo land
  • 20 MW solar and 10 MW battery storage power plant located in Pinal County
  • 25 MW and 10 MW battery storage facilities in development in the Phoenix metropolitan area

By 2025, we will have more than 1,200 MW of solar energy and will be looking to install more battery capacity to complement the solar energy.

 

Katie Scharli

Katie Scharli

Katie is from Mesa, Ariz. and has been writing and sharing stories about SRP for the last seven years. In her free time, she enjoys visiting the White Mountains with her family, gardening and painting.

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