Iberdrola Renewables is developing Copper Crossing and will own and operate it. The company will sell the electricity under a PPA to Salt River Project for distribution on the region’s utility grid. The solar energy project will create employment opportunities and provide revenue for schools, health, fire and other critical services in Pinal County.
The solar power plant will use the SunPower product, a solar power block that is engineered to rapidly and cost-effectively deploy utility-scale solar projects while optimizing land use.
The plant, which began construction December 2010, is expected to create approximately 200 jobs during construction, and will be fully operational in 2011.