SRP will develop a wind farm on the property of Babbitt Ranches
Following the announcement of a new large-scale project, solar energy battery storage project, Salt River Project also announced that it is signing a contract with a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources to purchase power from a 161 megawatt (MW) wind farm, Babbitt Ranch Energy Center, to be built on the property. of Babbitt Ranches in Coconino County. The project, which will be located north of Flagstaff, is expected to begin supplying clean energy to the SRP power grid by December 2023.
“With SRP’s recently announced utility-scale renewable resources, nearly 50% of the energy delivered to SRP customers by 2025 will be carbon-free,” said Kelly Barr, chief strategy officer, services corporate governance and sustainability of SRP. “Wind power from this project will bring more diversity to our rapidly growing resource mix in clean power generation. In addition, utility-scale wind power is a great complement to solar power generation. , because the wind often blows at times when the sun is not shining.
The Babbitt Ranch Energy Center represents SRP’s newest wind contract and will produce enough energy to power approximately 40,000 typical residential homes.
“We are very pleased to continue working with SRP to provide renewable, clean, low-cost energy to its customers,” said Matt Handel, senior vice president of development for NextEra Energy Resources, the world’s largest producer of renewable energy from wind and sun. “The Babbitt Ranch Energy Center will also create a significant economic boost for the local community, creating good jobs and millions in additional tax revenue.”
SRP was the first utility in Arizona to add wind power to its energy resource mix and still receives all power output from the 127-MW Dry Lake Wind Energy Project, which was the first large-scale wind power plant built in the state.
With Metro Phoenix growing three times the national average, SRP must continue to build new generation resources that help meet growing customer energy demand while supporting SRP in its long-term decarbonization goals. . SRP is committed to reduce carbon intensity (from 2005 levels) by more than 65% by 2035 and 90% by 2050.
In June 2020, SRP issued a Request for Information (“RFI”) for up to 500 MW of wind resources. As a result of this process and discussions with NextEra Energy Resources as well as other developers, SRP decided that the Babbitt Ranch wind farm proposed by NextEra would be the most viable wind project that would be commercially operational within the timeframe required for meet growing customer demand.
The contract for this wind farm project does not affect the amount of production sought by SRP through its all-source request for proposals (RFP), which is seeking competitive proposals for up to 400 MW of peak generation capacity by summer 2024, and an additional 600 MW by summer 2026, for a total of up to 1,000 MW by summer 2026.