JV Launches Arizona’s Largest Integrated Solar, Battery Plant

NextEra Energy Resources joined forces with Salt River Project—a community-based, not-for-profit public power utility—to deliver the state’s largest solar energy center paired with battery system.

Pinal Central Solar Energy Center
Pinal Central Solar Energy Center

NextEra Energy Resources and Salt River Project (SRP) have finalized work on Pinal Central Solar Energy Center (PCSEC), a universal-scale, integrated solar plant equipped with a battery system. The 20-megawatt solar photovoltaic generation facility paired with a 10-megawatt lithium-ion battery storage system marks Arizona’s largest utility-scale solar energy center paired with a battery storage system.

PCSEC consists of 258,000 solar panels on 257 acres east of Casa Grande, Ariz., owned and operated by a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources and represents the first of three grid-scale battery storage projects slated to connect to SRP’s system. For its construction, more than 150 jobs were created, of which four are full-time positions. Over its operational lifetime, the system will generate more than $7 million in additional revenue for Pinal County. All of the energy it produces will be acquired by SRP.

“The project’s design allows SRP to utilize solar and battery storage together to optimize clean energy output to benefit our customers,” SRP General Manager & CEO Mike Hummel said in prepared remarks. “In addition, the plant will assist SRP in meeting our goals for renewable energy while reducing carbon emissions.”

Video courtesy of Salt River Project