Arizona utility dedicates 40-MW solar, ASU, PayPal to buy output

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Arizona utility APS on Wednesday dedicated a 40-MW photovoltaic (PV) park in Red Rock, Arizona, 30 miles south of Casa Grande.

The power generated by the Red Rock Solar Plant will be purchased by Arizona State University (ASU) and PayPal, APS said, helping them to reduce their carbon footprint.

The solar plant was developed by APS, which will own and operate it. This is now its largest grid-scale solar power plant, outstripping the 35-MW Foothills installation.

APS said the facility is an example of how utilities can partner with commercial customers to develop cost-effective solar and help them achieve their green energy goals.

The project will see ASU, which has almost 25 MW of on-campus solar, more than double its solar capacity to over 50 MW, said Morgan R Olsen, ASU executive vice president, treasurer and chief financial officer. In 2017, ASU expects about 30% of its power needs to be met with solar energy.

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