An Arizona solar farm owned by PSEG Solar Source is now operating. The 25-MW Queen Creek project will help grow the local utility’s commitment to double its renewable energy generation.
Salt River Project (SRP) has a 20-year agreement to acquire all of the solar energy generated by the project and has begun accepting power from the plant. PSEG Solar Source began operation of the solar farm in Queen Creek, Ariz. PSEG Solar Source is a subsidiary of a unit of Public Service Enterprise Group (NYSE: PEG).
juwi solar Inc. (JSI) developed the project, served as engineering, procurement and construction EPC contractor and will provide operation and maintenance services for the project. juwi and PSEG are continuing a collaboration that has added several projects to the utility unit’s solar portfolio.
“We are pleased to be providing clean, solar energy to Salt River Project,” said Diana Drysdale, president, PSEG Solar Source. “Arizona has the attributes we look for when choosing a project – good sun, a receptive regulatory environment and supportive local officials. It is exciting to be adding Arizona to the list of states where we have operational solar facilities even while we are beginning construction on an additional site in Delaware.”
The SRP Board has set a goal to meet 20% of SRP’s retail electricity requirements through sustainable resources by the year 2020. Currently, SRP meets about 10% of its retail energy needs with sustainable resources including wind, solar and geothermal energy, hydro power and conservation and energy-efficiency measures.
SRP is the third-largest public power utility in the nation, serving nearly 950,000 electric customers in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area.
The solar plant is located on 148 acres approximately 30 miles southeast of Phoenix. It contains approximately 90,000 crystalline panels operating on a single axis tracking system.
The solar power generated by the project offsets approximately 21,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions each year, the equivalent of taking approximately 4,100 cars off the road. The plant will produce enough energy equivalent to the needs of 3,300 homes.
PSEG Solar Source owns four additional solar projects all of which were built by JSI:
- The PSEG Jacksonville Solar Farm, a 15 MW DC solar farm in Jacksonville, Florida, the second largest solar farm in Florida.
- The PSEG Wyandot Solar farm, a 12 MW DC solar farm in Wyandot, Ohio, the largest in Ohio.
- The Mars Solar Garden, a 2.2 MW DC facility located adjacent to the Mars Snackfood’s U.S. headquarters in New Jersey.
- The PSEG Milford Solar Farm, a 15 MW DC solar farm in Milford, Delaware, the largest in Delaware (under construction).