A couple bright spots at the end of 2020 show how SRP’s long-term planning and investments in the energy grid will make our entire community greener and more resilient. In December we announced two new 100-megawatt (MW) solar plants in Pinal County which began delivering clean energy to our key commercial and municipal customers including top companies and employers in Arizona.
SRP’s “East Line Solar” power plant is now delivering energy to SRP’s largest customer, Intel Corporation, and “Saint Solar” is now delivering energy to 11 of SRP’s major energy consumers, including Air Products, Albertsons Companies, Inc., City of Chandler, City of Mesa, City of Phoenix, CMC Steel Arizona, CyrusOne, Digital Realty, Freeport-McMoRan, Mesa Public Schools and Walmart.
Saint Solar and East Line Solar are two of three Arizona-based 100 MW solar plants SRP is adding as part of our Sustainable Energy Offering. With this program, a total of 33 organizations in Arizona have signed up to invest in and use energy from the sun, while adding more solar power to Arizona’s grid.
Companies and municipalities participating in this program also receive support in achieving their sustainability goals, share the economic benefits of a utility-scale energy resource, and significantly reduce carbon emissions. Combined, the three renewable energy power plants will cut carbon emissions in Arizona by about 1.6 million tons.
Beyond carbon reductions, the addition of these two solar plants created approximately 400 local, well-paying construction jobs and will bring more than $28 million in tax revenue to Pinal County area over the life of these projects. The East Line Solar plant specifically delivers renewable energy to Intel’s Ocotillo Campus in Chandler, which is one of Intel’s largest and most advanced semiconductor manufacturing sites globally, and home to Fab 42, its latest Arizona facility.
Both solar plants were developed as part of SRP’s Sustainable Energy Offering and are owned and operated by solar developers SRP selected for these projects. Saint Solar is owned and operated by a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC. East Line Solar is owned and operated by sPower, which will soon merge with AES’ clean energy business in the U.S.
In addition to generating clean energy, protecting Arizona’s natural resources is at the heart of SRP’s mission since its founding in 1903 – from our water supplies to the air we breathe.
SRP continually explores and implements new approaches, technology, customer programs and establishes partnerships aimed at reducing emissions and improving the environment in Arizona. Our Sustainable Energy Offering and programs like it are great examples of how we’ll continue to seek and develop new opportunities for businesses and residents.