sPower and Saint Solar are developing major solar ventures in the state of Arizona

Nov 13, 2019 08:04 PM ET
  • Coolidge-based Planning and Zoning Commission has supported sPower's 100-megawatt photovoltaic project as well as a 472-ha solution implemented by Saint Solar.
sPower and Saint Solar are developing major solar ventures in the state of Arizona
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Having received an approval by the Coolidge Commission, the power producer is taking the following steps to the deployment of a 100-megawatt Coolidge-based photovoltaic project located in the state of Arizona. 

sPower confirms the 100-megawatt photovoltaic plant deployment under PPA with Arizona-based electrical supplier Salt River Project. The plant building is scheduled to start in Q1 and finish in Q4 next year. 

The solar installation that was approved by Planning & Zoning commission last month, is estimated to produce about 277,000 megawatt-hours per year when completed. Approximately 150-300 jobs are expected to become available in the course of construction stage. The plant will be installed on 344 ha area. The second phase of PV project, the 100-megawatt Central Line Solar, is to be located in the neighboring city – Eloy. It is scheduled to become operational by Q4 of 2021. 

During the same Coolidge commission meeting last month, one more major project was approved. A 472-ha construction site will appear east of SR87. The solution, implemented by Saint Solar, NEER subsidiary, is supposed to start construction in Q1 next year. 

NextEra has already proven itself in the location, as Florida-based company installed Pinal Central Energy plant in the same region two years ago. The system was eventually commissioned in May last year. The Pinal Central solar plant, featured with a 10-megawatt Li-I batt storage system joined with a 20-megawatt photovoltaic installation, is to be tied to Saint Solar system as soon as the latter is commissioned, according to Pinal Central. 

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