Continued development of Copper Crossing
The proposed continued development will complement the existing solar generation at the site and is expected to feature generating resources needed to support and enable SRP’s transition to a lower carbon resource portfolio.
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About the Copper Crossing Energy and Research Center
SRP plans to seek approval from its Board of Directors to continue the development of the Copper Crossing site. This development will take place on the land owned by SRP adjacent to the existing Abel Substation on West Judd Road and the Copper Crossing Solar Ranch on West Bella Vista Road in Florence, Arizona, to create the “Copper Crossing Energy and Research Center.”
The proposed continued development will complement the existing solar generation at the site and is expected to feature generating resources needed to support and enable SRP’s transition to a lower carbon resource portfolio, including advanced solar technology, two flexible natural gas turbines with a total output of less than 100 megawatts (MW), and small-scale long-duration energy storage (LDES) technologies, to be developed in phases over the next few years. Additional phases of development of the site may be proposed at a later date and would continue to explore various resources such as solar, storage, additional flexible natural gas turbines, or other resources SRP may need that best fit its system needs and requirements as we transition to a more sustainable resource mix.
A series of 69 kV poles, lines and infrastructure will connect the new facilities to the existing Abel Substation.
Project approval update
On Aug. 1, 2022, in a publicly noticed SRP Board meeting, SRP Management provided an overview in an informational presentation of the proposed continued development.
The next step is for SRP Management to seek a recommendation for approval to proceed with the development from the SRP Power Committee – a standing subcommittee of the full SRP Board – at its meeting on Aug. 23, 2022. If continued development of the Copper Crossing Energy and Research Center is recommended for approval by the Power Committee, the full SRP Board will consider approval of the first phase of the project at its publicly noticed meeting on Sept. 12, 2022. If approved, SRP Management anticipates site preparation may begin as early as October 2022.
For information on how to participate, please contact SRP’s Corporate Secretary's office at (602) 236-4398(602) 236-4398. Written comments regarding the project will be accepted through Sept. 2, 2022, by email to CorporateSecretary@srpnet.com, or by mail addressed to SRP Corporate Secretary, Mail Station PAB215, P.O. Box 52025, Phoenix, AZ 85072.