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Monday, October 18, 2021

Salt River Project Plans Three New Solar Power Plants

CO Bar Solar will be Arizona’s largest facility.

The Salt River Project (SRP) is developing three new solar power plants across Arizona, one of which will be the largest standalone plant in the state. SRP is the largest power provider in the greater Phoenix area. This initiative will connect their customers with 400 megawatts (MW) of sustainable and renewable solar energy.

Clēnera, a solar power and storage development company that is also a subsidiary of Enlight Renewable Energy LTD, is partnering with SRP to accomplish this project. Clēnera plans to build and operate the plant northwest of Flagstaff in Coconino County. The plant, called CO Bar Solar, is slated to begin construction in 2023 and open for official use in 2024.

Mike Hummel, the General Manager and CEO of SRP, said, “SRP is pleased to partner with Clēnera to add this substantial solar resource as part of our diversified energy mix and power generation strategy to meet the Valley’s growing electricity needs. The CO Bar power plant is an incredible clean energy resource that will support SRP customers and help us take a significant step toward our decarbonization goals.”

East Line Solar, an existing SRP solar power facility.

SRP anticipates that the company will offset a billion pounds of carbon dioxide yearly, as CO Bar Solar should generate enough power for 80,000 homes. Making good on their promise to prioritize decarbonization initiatives, SRP has made it their goal to develop 2025 MW of new solar power resources on a large commercial scale by the year 2025.

“Clēnera has historically paved the way for renewable energy in the state, and CO Bar Solar is yet another example of progress being made in Arizona’s clean energy sector,” said Jared McKee, Clēnera’s Vice President of Business Development. “We thank SRP for their partnership to make this opportunity possible.”

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