Salt River Project today announced 21 commercial, municipal and school district customers across the Valley have signed agreements to get a portion of their energy from the sun, and a total of 100 megawatts (MW) of solar energy will soon be helping to power operations at these organizations.
This is the second phase of the Sustainable Energy Offering, which is part of the utility’s ongoing commitment to provide commercial customers with the option to obtain clean, emission-free energy at an affordable price. The first phase of Sustainable Energy Offering commercial customers, announced in 2018, included 12 companies and municipalities from across different industries.
With the addition of the 21 companies in this second phase, a total of 33 companies have signed up to receive approximately 300 MW of solar energy that will be provided from facilities to be constructed right here in Arizona.
Once operational, these solar resources will benefit SRP and the subscribing customers by decreasing carbon dioxide emissions by about 1.6 million tons – equivalent to the amount produced by more than 300,000 passenger cars driven in a year.
The offering allows SRP to share the benefits of large-scale renewable resources with a diverse SRP customer base. The companies range from school districts/higher education and technology to agriculture and governmental agencies and from data centers to grocery, defense contracting, telecom and hospitals.
“We have had a tremendous response from a diverse group of customers and industries who want to invest in renewable energy that not only helps them achieve their sustainability goals, but does so at an affordable cost,” said SRP General Manager and CEO Mike Hummel. “We appreciate our customers working with us on this collaborative initiative. This has been successful because SRP can utilize our ability to invest in utility-scale solar while providing this green energy to our individual customers.”
The Sustainable Energy Offering will also help these customers achieve their sustainability goals, reduce carbon emissions and invest in clean, renewable energy while sharing the economic benefits of a utility-scale, renewable energy resource.
The solar resources contribute to SRP’s 2035 Sustainability Goals to reduce carbon intensity by more than 60 percent in 2035 and by 90 percent in 2050 from 2005 levels. SRP is also well on its way to achieving the goal of adding 1,000 MW of new utility-scale, solar energy to its system by the end of fiscal year 2025.
|Participating customers in Phase II include:|
|Apple, Inc.||Arizona State University||Boeing||CenturyLink|
|Chandler Unified School District||Circle K Stores||City of Tempe||Cox Communications|
|Dignity Health||General Dynamics Mission Systems||Gilbert Public Schools||MATHESON Tri-Gas Inc.|
|PepsiCo||Resolution Copper Mining||Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community||Target Corporation|
|Town of Gilbert||United Dairymen of Arizona||Verizon Communications Inc||Wells Fargo Bank|
The solar energy for this group of customers will be generated by Central Line Solar, a 100-MW, solar plant to be built in Eloy, Ariz. by sPower scheduled to achieve commercial operation in December 2021.
“sPower is excited to be moving forward on another Arizona renewable energy project” said Hans Isern, sPower’s Senior Vice President of Origination. “With this project, sPower and SRP will provide both environmental and economic benefits to the communities where we operate. SRP has been a tremendous partner in helping bring new renewable generation to Arizona, and we are proud of our accomplishments to supply SRP’s Sustainable Energy Offering.”
Salt River Project (SRP) is a community-based, not-for-profit public power utility and the largest provider of electricity in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area, serving more than 1 million customers. SRP also is the metropolitan area’s largest supplier of water, delivering about 800,000 acre-feet annually to municipal, urban and agricultural water users.
SRP is a community-based, not-for-profit public power utility and the largest provider of electricity in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area, serving more than 1 million customers. SRP is also the metropolitan area’s largest supplier of water, delivering about 800,000 acre-feet annually to municipal, urban and agricultural water users.