SolarReserve, a utility-scale PV plant developer, has received a special use permit from the Board of Supervisors of Maricopa County, Arizona for its Crossroads Solar Energy Project.
The approval follows two previously approved certificates of environmental compatibility from the Arizona Corporation Commission in February 2011 and a major comprehensive plan mendment by Maricopa County in December 2010.
Located in Maricopa County, Arizona in the US, the Crossroads Solar Energy Project will have a capacity of 150MW and will use SolarReserve’s CSP technology to generate solar power.
The project will also have a storage system which will use the company’s molten salt power tower technology — the same technology currently under construction at the company’s flagship project, the 110MW Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project near Tonopah, Nevada, US. The storage system will have the ability to store 10 hours of solar power per day and provide electricity on demand when the sun goes down.
During the construction phase, the Crossroads project is expected to employ more than 450 jobs during peak construction within the two-year construction period. When complete, the facility will require 45 workers to operate the plant.
“This fully permitted project can deliver power to Arizona or export to California, contributing to those states dually meeting renewable energy goals and peak energy demand with non intermittent, fully dispatchable power,” said Tom Georgis, Senior Vice President of Development for SolarReserve. “The project also represents hundreds of millions of dollars of investment into Arizona and significant, diverse job creation in the construction, operations, manufacturing and supply sectors.”
The Crossroads project is estimated to produce approximately 450,000MWh of electricity every year. SolarReserve is hoping to sign a transmission agreement for the project with a utility or several utilities in Arizona and California.
SolarReserve highlights that the delivery of solar power to California will help to bring the state closer to its 33% Renewable Portfolio Standards target. Although the project is located in Arizona, under such a transmission agreement, the project qualifies for Category 1 resources, which is equivalent to in-state renewable generation. As a result, it would be recognised as a contributor to California’s RPS.