November 20 (Solar) – Arizona not-for-profit public utility Salt River Project (SRP) last week unveiled plans to add 1 GW of large-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity to its network by end-2025 amid rising customer demand for clean power.
As part of the plan, the utility intends to deploy about 200 MW of solar capacity each year. “This proposal represents a growing commitment to sustainability that is both reliable and affordable,” said its CEO and general manager Mike Hummel.
The community-based utility cited findings from a recent study showing that its grid is ready to handle an additional 1 GW of solar. With that, it will cut its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by about 5.2 million tonnes. The impact of the solar capacity additions to the reliability of SRP's grid will be studied carefully.
To be installed at “strategic locations,” the fresh PV capacity will expand the company’s current portfolio of 200 MW of solar assets, some of which backed by battery storage capacity. Energy storage will be added to some of the new plants as well, SRP said.
The utility will examine programmes to allocate the new solar capacity to various customer groups, including community solar for residential customers.