January 2012 - Salt River Project (SRP) is opening its Community Solar program to business customers, allowing businesses to purchase solar power from the 20-megawatt Copper Crossing Solar Ranch, located in Florence, Arizona. The Copper Crossing Solar Ranch currently provides solar power for homes and schools, and about half of Copper Crossing's generated solar power will be allocated for business customers. Beginning in February, business customers will be able to purchase solar electricity through the Community Solar program at a fixed rate of 9.9 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh), over a 10 year period.
SRP originally launched its Community Solar program in September 2011, allowing residential and school customers to enroll first.
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SRP offering power from Community Solar program to businesses
September 2011 - Salt River Project (SRP) launched its Community Solar program, allowing schools, businesses and residents to utilize solar power. Solar power for the program is produced at SRP's 20 megawatt (MW) PV Copper Crossing Solar Ranch, which was built by Iberdrola Renewables. About 39% (7.8 MW) of the solar energy generated at Copper Crossing will provide electricity for area schools at a fixed rate of 9.9 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) over a period of 10 years.
About 2 MW of the community solar power is dedicated for residential customers. Beginning September 1st, residential customers may purchase up to 5 kWh blocks of solar power, at a rate of about $4 per block. More than 100 schools and about 25 residential customers are already participating in SRP's Community Solar program.
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More than 100 Valley schools purchase solar energy from state's largest solar plant
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Salt River Project commissions 20 MW PV plant, Arizona's largest
September 2010 - Salt River Project (SRP) launched SRP Community Solar, a program that allows public schools to purchase energy from a photovoltaic facility to be built in 2011. Schools districts can purchase the output for a fixed price of 9.9 cents per kilowatt-hour for 10 years. Of the 35 school districts in SRP territory, 26 have expressed interest in participating. SRP will retain the renewable energy certificates from the solar facility in order to meet a requirement by their board of directors to provide 15 percent of generation from sustainable resources by 2025.
The solar facility will be 20 megawatts (MW), of which 18 MW will be reserved for school districts. SRP is also developing a waiting list for residential customers who may be interested in participating in a similar program; 2 MW will be dedicated to the residential program.
News Release - SRP unveils Community Solar for public schools
Contact: Patty Garcia Likens, 602-236-2500
November 2008 - The University of Phoenix has entered into an agreement to purchase of 46.5 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of renewable energy certificates (RECs). Under the agreement with the Salt River Project (SRP), the purchase will provide enough wind RECs to supply 100% of the university’s anticipated demand for its Phoenix, Arizona facilities, which equates to about 27% of the electricity demand of the University’s more than 200 campuses nationwide.
As a result of its renewable energy purchase, the University is ranked seventh on the EPA’s Top 20 College & University Partner list, making it the only higher education institution in Arizona to earn this recognition. The University and SRP drew attention to the importance of renewable energy by powering a recent professional football game between the Arizona Cardinals and the San Francisco 49ers through wind RECs.
Among the University’s other green initiatives are an internal employee education program, Go Green, which includes an online sustainability tutorial for almost 50,000 employees and faculty members at the University, recycling initiatives, and community partnerships that support the use of solar power and other alternative energy sources.
News Release - University of Phoenix Teams Up With SRP on Arizona’s Largest Renewable Energy Certificate Purchase
January 2008 - Salt River Project (SRP) announced that it will provide green power for 100% of the electricity needs of Super Bowl XLII. Under the agreement, SRP will supply renewable energy for the game at the University of Phoenix Stadium as well as the NFL Experience Football Theme Park. In addition, the Fox Broadcasting Company, which will broadcast the game, will purchase renewable energy for two hotels where the network will be hosting individuals participating in the event.
The National Football League and the Arizona Super Bowl XLII Host Committee also announced that they are working with local, state and national partners to plant trees on 96 acres of land devastated by recent wild fires in an effort to green the event.
News Release - SRP supplies green energy for Super Bowl
February 2005 - Salt River Project (SRP) announced that it is adding wood-fired biomass to the mix of resources used to supply its EarthWise Energy program. Under a 10-year agreement with Snowflake White Mountain Power, LLC, SRP will purchase 10 MW from a 15 to 20-MW wood-fired power plant to be built near Snowflake, AZ in January 2008. At least 80% of the project energy sold to SRP will come from the combustion of Arizona forest thinnings.
Under the SRP program, customers can purchase 100-kWh blocks of renewable energy for an additional $3 per month. Power for the program is supplied from a mix of solar, landfill gas, low-impact hydro, wind, and geothermal resources. Currently, more than 4,500 SRP residential customers have enrolled in the program. SRP management has established a goal of obtaining at least 2% of the utility's retail energy requirements from sustainable sources by 2010.
News Release - SRP to Purchase Energy from New Biomass Plant Wood Fuel is Newest Component of SRP's EarthWise Energy Program - No longer online at www.srpnet.com
March 2004 - Salt River Project (SRP), a public utility that provides electricity service to 820,000 customers in the Phoenix metropolitan area, announced that it is adding geothermal energy to the resource mix of its EarthWise Energy green power product. Under a five-year agreement, SRP will purchase 25 MW of geothermal power from plants operating in California's Imperial Valley, which will provide enough power to meet the annual electricity needs of 3,500 residential customers. Currently, more than 4,500 SRP residential customers participate in the green pricing program, through which they purchase 100-kilowatt-hour blocks of renewable energy for an additional $3.00 per month or 3¢/kWh.
News Release - SRP Set to Purchase Geothermal: 25 Megawatts Newest Component of SRP's EarthWise Energy Program - No longer online at www.srpnet.com
SRP Contact: Lori Singleton (602) 236-3323
May 2001 - Salt River Project (SRP), an Arizona-based public utility serving 727,000 customers, announced a new green pricing program called Earthwise Energy, which allows customers to purchase 100-kilowatt-hour blocks of renewable energy for an additional $3.00 per month. The power will be supplied from landfill gas and solar facilities. Since the official program launch on April 1st, more than 900 customers have elected to participate, enough to fully subscribe a recently constructed 200-kilowatt (kW) solar facility.
Combined with customers participating in the utility's Solar Choice program, which supports a 200-kW solar energy plant in Gilbert, more than 2,000 SRP customers are participating in the utility's renewable energy programs. SRP is phasing-out the Solar Choice program in favor of the new program but will continue to supply participating customers.
News Release - SRP Customers Use Energy from the Sun: Electricity from New Solar Power Plant Sold Out - No longer online at www.srpnet.com
SRP Contact: Lori Singleton (602) 236-3323
September 1998 - The Salt River Project reports that 1,900 customers have requested about 2,900, 100-watt blocks of solar power offered by the utility, easily meeting the 1,000 block commitment necessary to fully subscribe the output from a 100-kW plant that is under construction. Customer purchases are limited to 3 blocks of power, for which the utility charges a premium of $3.00 per month per block. As a result of the large response, SRP has decided to construct a second solar plant.
August 1998 - Following on the heels of Arizona Public Service, the Salt River Project (SRP) announced that it will provide a solar energy purchase option to its customers. SRP is building a 100 kW, single-axis tracking photovoltaic plant at its Santan Power Plant in Gilbert, AZ. Construction is expected to be completed in late September.
Dubbed the Solar Choice Program, SRP customers can purchase 100-watt blocks of power from the project for $3.00 per month. The customer funds will be supplemented with a grant from the Utility Photovoltaic Group.
News Release - SRP Brings Solar Choice to Valley Customers
SRP Contact: Scott Harelson (602) 236-3021