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Arizona’s largest battery is now operating on SRP’s power grid, supporting Google along with other clean energy resources

By District Energy posted 03-19-2024 17:05


Gila Herald


 Salt River Project (SRP) and NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, announced Arizona’s largest operational battery energy storage system is now online. Sonoran Solar Energy Center is a 260-megawatt (MW) solar facility with the ability to charge a 1 gigawatt-hour (GWh) battery energy storage system, located south of Buckeye, Arizona. The solar and battery storage system is adding clean energy to the grid and will help match the electricity consumed by Google’s forthcoming data center campus in Mesa, Arizona. Energy not needed by the data center will be used to meet other SRP customer needs.

Also supporting Google is the newly developed Storey Energy Center, an 88-MW solar and battery storage system, located in Coolidge, Arizona. Both facilities support the clean energy transition of SRP’s power system and are operated by subsidiaries of NextEra Energy Resources. They jointly generate enough energy to power nearly 80,000 average-sized homes when the sun is shining, and they can store clean energy for up to four hours to support the power grid when there is high power demand.

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