Phoenix utility Salt River Project (SRP) has announced plans to add 1 GW of new utility-scale solar to its system by the end of fiscal year 2025.
According to SRP, the plan will grow its current solar energy resource plans by 700 MW. Serving more than 1 million customers, SRP is a community-based, nonprofit public power utility in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area.
“This proposal represents a growing commitment to sustainability that is both reliable and affordable,” says SRP’s CEO and general manager, Mike Hummel. “It focuses on investments in utility-scale solar projects that have higher solar capture efficiencies and, therefore, provide optimal value for our customers.”
SRP will add approximately 200 MW of new solar annually through 2025, which will allow for careful analysis of the impact on grid reliability, the utility notes. The 1 GW will add to SRP’s existing 200 MW of solar.
“Over the past several months, we have had discussions with residential customers and many of our larger commercial, industrial and municipal customers regarding their needs for sustainable resources. Several customers have asked us to work with them on providing resource options that help them achieve their goals,” adds Hummel. “This proposal is a foundational part of providing programs that bring increased value to our customers while partnering with them to achieve mutually desired renewable energy goals.”
SRP says it will examine programs to allocate the new solar capacity to various customer groups, including community solar for residential customers. The utility also plans to look into installing additional battery capacity.