NextEra Energy opens 20-MW solar, 10-MW storage plant in Arizona
Solar park. Photo by: NextEra Energy Resources (www.nexteraenergyresources.com).
Clean energy producer NextEra Energy Resources, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Inc (NYSE:NEE), has inaugurated a 20-MW solar power plant coupled with a 10-MW lithium-ion battery storage system in Arizona.
The plant, owned and operated by a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, will sell its entire output to Salt River Project (SRP), a public utility serving the greater Phoenix metropolitan area.
The project, called Pinal Central Solar Energy Center (PCSEC) and using 258,000 solar panels, is Arizona's largest utility-scale solar project paired with battery storage, NextEra Energy Resources said on Wednesday. It is also the first of three grid-scale batteries scheduled to connect to SRP's system.
SRP general manager and chief executive Mike Hummel said that using solar and storage will allow SRP to optimise clean energy production and added that the project will help the utility meet its renewable energy goals while reducing carbon emissions. SRP has set a target of meeting 20% of its retail electricity requirements through sustainable resources by 2020. It also aims to reduce carbon emissions intensity by 33% by 2035.