SRP and Apple launch 50 MW solar PV plant in Pinal County, Arizona

The Bonnybrooke solar PV plant feeds solar power into SRP’s grid that supports Apple
The Bonnybrooke solar PV plant feeds solar power into SRP’s grid that supports Apple

Tempe, Arizona based utility Salt River Project’s Board of Directors has approved an agreement to purchase solar power produced from Apple’s new 50 MW PV plant, located in Pinal County east of its data command center in Mesa.

Apple has completed construction, and is finalizing the commissioning of the large-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) array, so that clean power can feed into SRP’s grid that supports Apple.


New interconnection facilitated the construction of the Bonnybrooke PV plant

SRP was part of an Arizona team that worked with Apple to build an interconnection near the PV facility to help facilitate the construction of the Bonnybrooke solar power plant.

“SRP is committed to working with our customers like Apple to meet their energy needs with the accelerated development of renewable resources, such as solar and geothermal, without increasing costs to our other customers,” said SRP General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Mark Bonsall.

“This opportunity is not only economical, but a powerful demonstration of how SRP can be a catalyst for economic development in the Valley.”


25-year PPA

By purchasing the solar power output of the Bonnybrooke plant, SRP will reduce the carbon footprint of the fossil fuel resources that serve its more than 1 million customers in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area.

The terms of the 25-year Purchase Power Agreement (PPA) support new renewable energy and development in Arizona, but do not impact other SRP ratepayers as the energy is purchased by SRP at a wholesale market rate, the utility notes.

Apple will retain all of the environmental attributes generated from the solar plant.


2016-09-22 | Courtesy: SRP | © Heindl Server GmbH

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