Power and Salt River Project today announced the opening of sPower Sandstone Solar. SRP is purchasing all 45MW of the solar energy produced at the facility, which is owned and operated by sPower, a Utah-based independent power producer.
Sandstone Solar is located on more than 300 acres in Florence, Ariz., and utilizes more than 182,000 photovoltaic modules mounted on a single-axis tracking system that follows the sun.
"The addition of renewable, clean energy from Sandstone helps us achieve our goal of providing our customers with a diverse portfolio of affordable and reliable energy," said SRP General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Mark Bonsall.
Sandstone Solar produces enough green power to supply more than 8,000 homes, which reduces carbon emissions by more than 88,800 metric tons annually – the equivalent of removing nearly 19,000 cars from the road each year.
"SRP's progressive approach to expanding its renewable energy portfolio should serve as an example to other utilities. From start to finish, SRP has been an outstanding and collaborative partner," said Ryan Creamer, sPower CEO. "We are particularly proud of Sandstone Solar as it is our largest single-site solar facility to date." Tax equity financing for the project was provided by Wells Fargo.
"Wells Fargo is dedicated to supporting environmentally beneficial projects like Sandstone Solar that have a direct, positive impact on our communities," said Wells Fargo Environmental Finance Executive Vice President Barry Neal. "We're pleased to provide capital to further the next generation of clean energy technology and to support sPower in creating a more sustainable future."