May 3, 2021
Phoenix, Arizona (May 3, 2021) – Western Resource Advocates today welcomed Salt River Project’s (SRP’s) announcement that it plans to more than double its utility-scale solar commitment by the end of fiscal year 2025.
“This SRP commitment to double its solar generation by 2025 will accelerate the timeline for reducing the harmful emissions that cause climate change and will help Arizonans reap the health, environmental, and economic benefits of clean energy,” said Adam Stafford, Western Resource Advocates’ senior staff attorney in Phoenix. “It’s also important that SRP plans to buy the solar energy from renewable generation sites in Arizona or on the Navajo Nation, further enhancing the economic and environmental advantages for Arizona and the Indigenous communities that for years helped build our state through coal generation and now are seeing a brighter future in clean energy.”
SRP noted today that it currently has 648 megawatts of utility-scale solar plants online or under development across the state and will add more than 1,375 megawatts of newly contracted solar power by 2025. This more than doubles the 1,000-megawatt commitment the utility made in November 2018. In June 2019, SRP’s board approved goals to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from electricity production from then-current levels of about 1,100 pounds per megawatt-hour to 550 pounds per megawatt hour by 2035.