SunEdison and Arizona Public Service (APS) will join forces to build a utility-scale PV solar power plant close to the Prescott Regional Airport in Arizona. The 10MW facility is scheduled for grid connection in autumn 2011 and will generate in excess of 25 million kWh of electricity in its first year.
SunEdison will own the plant and be responsible for the day-to-day running of it, while APS has agreed to purchase the entire electrical output.
“APS's investments in renewable energy – well-diversified by technology, ownership, size and location – are forging a sustainable energy future for Arizona,” said Don Robinson, APS’s president and COO. “With five solar facilities operating or under construction, Prescott is becoming an important hub for solar development. It is an ideal location because of its abundant sunshine, cooler weather, available land and access to the transmission system.”
The joint venture is the latest in a long list of solar developments in Arizona that APS has participated in. Over the past decade the company has helped construct a 194kW system at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, a small-scale roof-mounted system at Prescott College, a 3.6MW plant near the Prescott Regional Airport and earlier this month unveiled plans for two more solar plants in the state – a 20MW facility in Chino Valley and a 17MW system in Hyder.
“SunEdison offers smart, cost-effective, solar solutions that utilities have come to expect and trust,” said Carlos Domenech, president of SunEdison. “We have a global demonstrated utility track record and welcome the opportunity to partner with a progressive utility like APS.”