NextEra to build utility-scale solar-plus-storage project in Arizona
NextEra Energy Resources will build a 10MW lithium-ion battery storage system paired with a 20MW PV installation for Arizona utility Salt River Project, with another battery system on the way.
A subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, which is itself a subsidiary of Florida-headquartered power generation company NextEra Energy, will construct and own the facility in Pinal County, near Coolidge, Arizona.
Salt River Project (SRP) has brokered a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with NextEra, and will therefore buy all of the power generated at the Pinal Central Energy Centre, as the project will be known. It is expected to be completed by the end of this year.
The single-axis tracker PV farm will charge the battery for use when the sun is not shining, with Salt River Project likely to evaluate its usefulness in countering periods of peak demand and otherwise optimising the use and consumption of power from solar generation assets.