Salt River Project (SRP) has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with sPower for a 100-megawatt (MW) solar power project. Construction on the project began this summer.
When the project, in the City of Coolidge in Pinal County, Ariz., is completed it will sell all its output to Intel’s Chandler Ocotillo Campus, one of the company’s largest semiconductor manufacturing sites. The project is expected to be completed in December 2020.
The East Line Solar project is being developed by sPower, which will own and operate the plant. Under the 25-year PPA, all of the output from the solar facility will be dedicated to the Intel factory.
The East Line project is part of SRP’s Sustainable Energy Offering program that gives the public power utility’s commercial customers the option to power a portion of their operations with emission-free energy at an affordable price.
So far, 33 companies have signed with SRP for the program and in aggregate receive 300 MW of solar energy from Arizona based plants, including the East Line Solar facility.
The East Line project also adds to SRP's portfolio of clean energy resources and helps it reach its 2035 sustainability goals to reduce carbon intensity by more than 60% in 2035 and by 90% in 2050 from 2005 levels.
The solar project will provide an estimated $10 million in tax benefits to the local community over the 25-year term of the PPA.
The agreement SRP signed with Intel is part of the first phase of the public power utility’s Sustainable Energy Offering program, which includes a total of 12 companies.
In August, SRP announced a second phase of the program, which encompasses 21 commercial, municipal and school district customers.
They have signed agreements to get a portion of their energy from a 100-MW solar project sited in Eloy, Ariz. The Central Line solar plant in Eloy is also being developed by sPower.