Last week, Salt River Project (SRP) and sPower announced that construction has begun on the 100-MW East Line Solar plant, which will bring $10 million in 25 years of tax revenue and up to 350 construction jobs to Pinal County, according to the companies. Intel Corporation’s Chandler facility will purchase the output from the plant.
This development is part of SRP’s Sustainable Energy Offering program, which offers commercial customers the option to power a portion of their operations with clean energy at an affordable price, said SRP. Currently, 33 companies have signed up to receive 300 MW of solar energy provided from Arizona-based solar plants, including the sPower East Line Solar facility.
The East Line Solar facility will support Intel’s Chandler Ocotillo Campus, one of the corporation’s largest global, semiconductor manufacturing sites. The solar plant is also part of SRP’s portfolio of clean energy resources contributing to the utility’s 2035 Sustainability Goals to reduce carbon intensity by more than 60 percent in 2035 and by 90 percent in 2050 from 2005 levels.
East Line Solar received its conditional use permits in the City of Coolidge in 2019 and is expected to begin operations in December of 2020.
“This is a scenario that works well for all involved,” said SRP Associate General Manager & Chief Customer Executive Jim Pratt. “With the East Line Solar project, we are supporting a great, locally based partner, Intel, meet its sustainability goals. We also experience many other benefits associated with utility-scale solar investment, like job creation and expansion in an environmentally sensible, growing industry.”
“We are committed to Pinal County for the long term with this low-cost, highly economically impactful project. We also seek to be a good neighbor as we develop, construct and operate projects, and it’s important for us to integrate ourselves from the start. Recent COVID-19 relief efforts have included donations to Eloy’s Community Action Human Services and Coolidge’s Hope International Ministries,” said sPower CEO, Ryan Creamer.
Marty Sedler, Intel’s Director of Global Utilities and Infrastructure, said, “For more than a decade, Intel has been one of the top voluntary corporate purchasers of green power, currently supplying our US and European facilities with 100% green power. Our goal is to achieve 100% renewable energy use across our global manufacturing operations by 2030 and projects like East Line Solar help make green power more accessible to all.”