The Salt River Project (SRP) board of directors has agreed to purchase energy produced by Apple’s new 50-megawatt photo-voltaic solar power plant in Pinal County.
SRP was part of a team that worked to bring Apple to the East Valley two years ago and to build interconnection near the facility to ease construction of the Bonnybrooke PV solar plant. Apple has finished construction and is commissioning a large-scale solar array to feed clean power back into the SRP grid that supports Apple.
“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,” SRP General Manager and CEO Mark Bonsall said. “This opportunity is not only economical, but a powerful demonstration of how SRP can be a catalyst for economic development in the Valley.”
By purchasing the output of the Bonnybrooke plant, SRP will reduce the carbon footprint of fossil fuel resources serving its million customers in the greater Phoenix area.
Terms of the 25-year purchase agreement will not impact other SRP rate payers.