Leaders from Meta, SRP and AES to unveil 100-MW West Line Solar
SRP, Meta and The AES Corporation will officially open the newly operational 100-megawatt (MW) West Line Solar facility during a commissioning event at the solar plant site in Eloy, AZ. Leaders from the organizations will tour the facility, of which, half of the clean energy output is dedicated towards Meta’s future data center—the 2.5 million square foot data center under construction in Mesa, which is expected to start serving traffic next year. The other 50 MW of solar energy from the facility is dedicated to residential and small business customers enrolled in SRP Solar Choice. *Note: Event is by invite-only.
- Speakers giving remarks from Meta, SRP and AES
- Media can join a tour of the facility to learn more about solar panel technology
- Experts available for interviews include:
- David Williams, Community Development Manager at Meta
- Jim Pratt, Chief Customer Executive at SRP
- Bobby Olsen, Senior Director of Corporate Planning at SRP
- Amanda Smith, AES Vice President of External Affairs for Clean Energy
Thursday, February 2, 2023
West Line Solar Facility
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West Line Solar is owned and operated by The AES Corporation (NYSE: AES) and is the third project developed in the Coolidge area by AES to serve SRP customers.
AES’ West Line facility is expected to generate approximately $16.7 million in property tax revenue to the Pinal County area over the life of the project. The project created approximately 240 local, well-paying jobs during the construction phase.
Customers enrolled in SRP’s Solar Choice program offset their monthly energy use from enrolled customers’ homes or businesses with clean energy from SRP’s growing portfolio of utility-scale solar plants around the state. Choosing to enroll in this program supports lowering Arizona’s carbon emissions, and grows local demand for renewable energy.
SRP will be installing over 2,025 MW of solar by 2025 and has more planned beyond that, enough to power more than 450,000 average-size homes. SRP also has among the largest utility-scale battery investments in the Western U.S. with over 800 MW of battery storage projects that will be online by 2024. SRP will continue to develop and deploy evolving renewable and storage technologies safely and cost-effectively as part of the utility’s commitment to reducing carbon intensity (from 2005 levels) by more than 65 percent by 2035 and 90 percent by 2050.
SRP is a community-based, not-for-profit public power utility and the largest electricity provider in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area, serving approximately 1.1 million customers. SRP provides water to about half of the Valley’s residents, delivering more than 244 billion gallons of water (750,000 acre-feet) each year, and manages a 13,000-square-mile watershed that includes an extensive system of reservoirs, wells, canals and irrigation laterals.