Newark, N.J., October 4, 2012 – PSEG Solar Source began commercial operation of the 25.2 MW Queen Creek Solar Farm in Queen Creek, Arizona.
Salt River Project has a 20-year agreement to acquire all of the solar energy generated by the project and has begun accepting power from the plant.
The solar plant, located on 148 acres of land about 30 miles southeast of Phoenix, contains about 90,000 crystalline panels operating on a single axis tracking system.
It is owned by PSEG Solar Source, a unit of PSEG, a diversified energy company based in New Jersey. juwi solar Inc. developed the project, served as EPC contractor and will provide operation and maintenance services for the project.
The solar power generated by the project offsets about 21,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year, the equivalent of taking about 4,100 cars off the road.
The plant, which will produce an amount of energy equal to that needed to serve about 3,300 SRP customers’ homes, requires no water and supports development of the solar energy industry within Arizona.
The SRP Board has set a goal to meet 20 percent of SRP’s retail electricity requirements through sustainable resources by the year 2020. Currently, SRP meets about 10 percent of its retail energy needs with sustainable resources including wind, solar and geothermal energy, hydropower and conservation and energy-efficiency measures.
SRP is the third-largest public power utility in the nation, serving nearly 950,000 electric customers in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area.
PSEG Solar Source owns four additional solar projects all of which were built by juwi solar:
· The PSEG Jacksonville Solar Farm, a 15.0 MW DC solar farm in Jacksonville, Florida, the second largest solar farm in Florida.
· The PSEG Wyandot Solar farm, a 12.0 MW DC solar farm in Wyandot, Ohio, the largest in Ohio.
· The Mars Solar Garden, a 2.2 MW DC facility located adjacent to the Mars Snackfood’s headquarters in New Jersey.
· The PSEG Milford Solar Farm, a 15 MW DC solar farm in Milford, Delaware, the largest in Delaware (under construction)