Designed and built by SunPower Corp, Copper Crossing features about 66,000 solar panels along with the associated tracking technology.
The solar facility is expected to provide enough clean, homegrown energy to power about 3,700 homes each year. The entire output generated by the facility will be sold to Salt River Project, under a 25-year agreement.
Salt River Project said about 100 schools in 11 Valley school districts are tapping into the power of the sun from the plant to offset a portion of their electric needs through the company’s Community Solar program.
The program, which is also open to residential customers, allows customers to invest in solar energy without the upfront costs or maintenance of a rooftop system.