21 Apr '17, 5pm

Solar Plant Will Charge Energy Storage Battery for Arizona Utility

Solar Plant Will Charge Energy Storage Battery for Arizona Utility

Arizona utility Salt River Project (SRP) announced a 20-year power purchase agreement for a grid-scale, integrated solar and battery project that will be located in Pinal County. SRP will purchase all of the energy produced at the Pinal Central Energy Center, located near Coolidge, which will be constructed and owned by a unit of NextEra Energy Resources. A unit of NextEra Energy Resources will build a single-axis tracking, 20-MW solar photovoltaic generation facility at the site and combine it with a 10-MW lithium-ion energy storage system. The solar power plant will be used to charge the battery so it can deliver energy when the sun is not shining. The project is expected to begin operations by the end of 2017. 20 MW is about enough energy to serve 5,000 average residential homes. Effective battery storage could assist SRP in meeting peak customer demand and will optimiz...

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