sPower breaks ground on 45 MW solar power facility in Arizona

sPower awarded the EPC contract to Swinerton Renewable Energy

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sPower, a renewable energy provider, began construction on its 45 MW Sandstone Solar project in Florence, Arizona. The facility is scheduled to start delivering clean, renewable energy by the end of the year under a 21-year power purchase agreement between sPower and Salt River Project.

The Sandstone project successfully secured required permits and approvals from the Town of Florence and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for a finding of no significant impact (FONSI) for the project’s environmental assessment, greenlighting construction to commence.

sPower awarded the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to Swinerton Renewable Energy, who will install more than 182,000 Jinko Solar photovoltaic (PV) modules mounted on a tracking system that follows the sun, allowing the panels to more efficiently capture energy as the sun tracks across the Arizona sky.

When fully operational, the Sandstone Solar facility will produce enough green power to reliably supply more than 8,000 homes and is expected to reduce carbon emissions by more than 88,800 metric tons annually — the equivalent of removing nearly 19,000 cars from the road each year or reducing carbon dioxide emissions from 206,500 barrels of oil consumed.

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