“Perrin Ranch is ideally suited for our first Arizona-based wind farm project. It is particularly important for northern Arizona and our company,” said APS President and Chief Operating Officer Don Robinson. “We continue to seek renewable energy projects that provide the best value for our customers.”
The wind farm will contain 62 wind turbines situated on rural grazing land and will provide enough energy for 25,000 homes when running at full capacity.
The agreement is an important first step. However, several critical steps remain, including Arizona Corporation Commission approval of the power purchase agreement and successful siting, permitting and interconnection of the project to the state’s electric grid. If all goes according to plan, construction would begin in the second half of 2011, with commercial operation expected in 2012.
The energy will help APS meet the ACC-mandated Renewable Energy Standard, as well as the Arizona-based wind provision included in the Company’s 2009 regulatory settlement agreement.
“We are thrilled to add APS to our growing list of customers and appreciate their support of emission-free, renewable energy,” said Mitch Davidson, president and CEO of NextEra Energy Resources. “The Perrin Ranch Wind Energy Center will be our first wind project in Arizona. This project will not only create emission-free energy; it will also bring tremendous economic benefits to the region.”
APS, Arizona’s largest and longest-serving electricity utility, serves more than 1.1 million customers in 11 of the state’s 15 counties. With headquarters in Phoenix, APS is the principal subsidiary of Pinnacle West Capital Corp. (NYSE: PNW).