Arizona, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Tessera Solar and Salt River Project (SRP) have confirmed plans to partner on a 1.5-megawatt (MW) solar project. The Maricopa Solar project, located in Peoria, Arizona, will be the first commercial-scale solar facility built using the SunCatcher concentrating solar-thermal technology, manufactured by Stirling Energy Systems (SES).
The project, which will consist of 60 SunCatcher dishes, will be located next to the Agua Fria Generating Station, a power plant owned and operated by SRP in Peoria. The plant, which is expected to break ground in September, will employ 40 to 50 construction workers during build out. It is expected to be completed in January 2010 and will be operated by Tessera Solar under a 10-year agreement.
“Partnering with Tessera Solar and Stirling Energy Systems on this project will allow SRP to have first hand experience with this low-water-use solar dish technology,” said Richard Hayslip, SRP’s associate general manager. “It’s our belief that supporting emerging renewable-energy technologies will help further the advancement of solar energy while creating green jobs, economic development opportunities and clean energy for SRP and our customers.”
Tessera Solar will lease the land from SRP, which will purchase the solar energy generated at the site. The plant will help fulfill SRP’s sustainable portfolio goal set by its publicly elected Board of Directors, which calls for the utility to meet 15 percent of its retail energy needs with sustainable energy by 2025.
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