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SRP power generation sources

Explore the energy mix we’re building to power tomorrow.

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    SRP generates electricity from a mix of renewable sources like solar, geothermal, biomass, wind and hydropower. To ensure our ability to meet high demand for power at all times, including during Arizona’s hot summers, we also rely on traditional generation sources, such as coal and natural gas. These sources are the reliability backbone of the power grid.

    We also buy and sell excess energy on energy markets as needed.  

    Cleaner energy sources for the future  

    Each year, SRP steadily adds more clean and renewable energy sources that improve air quality and help preserve the natural beauty of Arizona.  

    While more and more of our energy mix will be renewable moving forward, we’ll still have natural gas and nuclear power sources so that we can provide dependable and affordable power.  

    This robust energy mix helps strengthen and protect our power grid during the hot summer months, when the Valley’s energy needs are at their highest.

    Explore generating stations and power sources  

    SRP operates and participates in a number of major power plants and generating facilities in Arizona and the Southwest. These generating stations use fuel, steam and nuclear reaction to create energy.  

    Learn about each generating station below. 

    Arizona Falls - hydropower

    Arizona Falls is formed by a natural 20-foot drop along the Arizona Canal. The plant generates up to 750 kilowatts of carbon-free electricity, which can power up to 150 homes.

    The roof of the turbine building and adjacent shade structure house solar panels to power ceiling fans on the public deck. The electricity generated by the plant and solar panels is also fed into SRP's grid.

    Arizona Falls is located at G.R. Herberger Park, 56th Street and Indian School Road, and is open 24 hours. The main attractions are three waterfalls, a shaded viewing room and a pedestrian bridge. 

    Crosscut Hydroelectric Plant - hydropower

    Located on the Salt River Project Main Campus, the Crosscut hydroelectric power plant is on “water order” only – water only runs through the plant when water users order their water shares, and the plant only runs if the water shares released are large enough to operate the unit.

    Horse Mesa Dam - hydropower

    Horse Mesa Dam, named for nearby Horse Mesa, was constructed between 1924 and 1927. Behind the 305 foot tall and 660 feet long dam is Apache Lake.

    Horse Mesa Dam is home to three hydraulic turbine-generator units rated at a total of 32 MW plus one reversible pump-turbine (pumped storage) unit rated at 119 MW. The pumped storage unit was installed in 1972 and is capable of either generating electricity or using grid power to pump water onto the upper reservoir, to store energy for later use.

    Mormon Flat Dam - hydropower 

    Mormon Flat Dam is named after nearby Mormon Flat, a place where pioneers from Utah stopped to camp on their way to the Valley. The dam, built between 1923 and 1925, stands 224 feet high and 380 feet long. 

    The dam has one hydraulic turbine-generator rated at 11.5 MW plus one reversible pump-turbine (pumped storage) unit rated at 55 MW. The pumped storage unit was installed in 1971 and is capable of either generating electricity or using grid power to pump water onto the upper reservoir, to store energy for later use.

    Roosevelt Dam - hydropower

    The Theodore Roosevelt Dam, named after the 26th President of the United States, was among the first projects authorized under the Reclamation Act of 1902, after farmers in the Salt River Valley placed their land on collateral for funding. As completed in 1911, the dam was a dry masonry structure made from large, irregular blocks, which in total stood 280 feet tall. Behind the dam is Roosevelt Lake, the largest reservoir along the Salt River.

    As envisioned, Roosevelt Dam provided several benefits including water storage, flood control, hydropower, and recreation, all of which contribute to economic growth in Central Arizona.

    In 1989, the Bureau of Reclamation began a project to increase water storage capacity and overall safety of the dam. In addition to raising the original structure and encasing it with concrete, new spillways were installed, power generation was updated, a new bridge was built allowing State Route 188 to be realigned off the dam, and new recreational facilities were created.

    Completed in 1996, the modern-day dam stands at 357 feet with a length of 1,200 feet, has a reservoir capable of holding approximately 1.6 million acre-feet, and can produce up to 34 MW of hydropower from a single hydraulic turbine-generator.  

    South Consolidated Hydroelectric Unit - hydropower

    Constructed in 1981, this plant is located on a 35-foot drop in the South Canal in Northeast Mesa, just below the head of the Eastern Canal. Its generating capacity is 1.4 MW.

    Stewart Mountain Dam - hydropower 

    Stewart Mountain Dam is named after Stewart Ranch, which used to be located nearby. The dam was built between 1928 and 1930 and stands 212 feet high and 583 feet long. A single hydraulic turbine-generator with a maximum capacity of 13 MW operates based on water order.  

    Agua Fria Generating Station - natural gas, solar and battery storage

    Wholly owned by SRP and located in Glendale, AZ, the Agua Fria Generating Station is a multifaceted energy center that hosts different types of power generation resources, including natural gas steam units, fast-ramping flexible turbines, battery storage and a small solar array. Resources at this site are essential for SRP to deliver reliable electricity on the hottest summer days, helping ensure the safety of families in the Valley.

    The site has eight natural gas units, including three conventional steam generation units and five combustion turbine generators, with a total capacity of 722 megawatts (MW). This is enough to power more than 160,000 average size homes. The station’s natural gas units are mainly used to supplement SRP’s other power generation resources. The units also help smooth out fluctuations in power that can come from renewable resources such as solar and wind energy, thereby supporting SRP in reliably adding more renewables to the power system.

    In fall 2022, two 49.5-MW aeroderivative flexible natural gas units were added to Agua Fria to support SRP in delivering reliable power in summer. These units have the ability to ramp up and down quickly, responding to peak power demands within 10 minutes, and can rapidly adjust power output to match changing demand. Along with other natural gas units at the station, these resources are critical for delivering reliable power and run only a few hundred hours per year, primarily in summer. This reduces the amount of time the turbines are running, resulting in minimal environmental impact.

    Adjacent to Agua Fria is the Bolster Substation Battery System, a 25-MW battery storage facility connected directly to SRP’s energy grid; it can be discharged during peak energy periods to help meet high customer demand. It is SRP’s largest stand-alone battery storage system in operation. The Agua Fria site also has 200-kilowatt solar generating field which SRP owns and operates.

    Agua Fria’s construction began in the late 1950s. Unit 2 was completed in April 1957, Unit 1 in January 1958 and Unit 3 in April 1961. Units 5 and 6 were completed in July 1974 and Unit 4 in May 1975. The solar generating field was completed in March 2001, and the Bolster Substation Battery System was placed into service in Sept. 2021. Units 7 and 8 (two flexible natural gas units) were added in fall of 2022.

    Coolidge Generating Station - natural gas

    As the name suggests, Coolidge Generating Station is located in Coolidge, Arizona. It has a capacity of 575 MW from 12 aero-derivative turbine units.

    SRP uses the energy output from Coolidge to balance electrical load during peak power usage. Construction began in August 2009 and was completed in May 2011.

    Fun facts about the station:

    • Coolidge is designed to respond in just 10 minutes with enough electricity to meet peak power demands.
    • The station can provide enough electricity to power approximately 575,000 homes in the Valley.

    Gila River Power Station - natural gas

    Located in Gila Bend, Arizona, the Gila River Power Station is home to four combined cycle power blocks – SRP owns and operates blocks 1 and 4, and operates blocks 2 and 3 for the owner Tucson Electric Power (TEP).

    Each power block consists of two combustion turbines, two heat recovery steam generators and one steam turbine. They have a total capacity of 1,100 MW, while all four blocks combined have a total capacity of 2,200 MW.

    Construction began in 2001, and the plant went online in 2003.

    Desert Basin Generating Station - natural gas, combustion and steam

    Wholly owned by SRP, the Desert Basin station is a combined cycle, natural gas-fired generating unit with two combustion turbines, two heat recovery steam generators and one steam turbine. The station burns natural gas.

    Located in Casa Grande, Arizona, the output of combustion turbines can vary at different times throughout the year.

    The nominal output for this facility is 577 MW. With its proximity to metropolitan Phoenix, Desert Basin increases reliability long-term. Mindful of Arizona's precious water resources, the plant is designed and equipped to use renewable water supplies, including reclaimed wastewater.

    Construction began in 1999 and went commercial in October 2001. SRP purchased the plant in October 2003 from Reliant Resources, Inc. at a cost of $288.5 million. 

    Kyrene Generating Station - natural gas and oil

    Located in Tempe, Arizona, and owned and operated by SRP, Kyrene has one combined-cycle, two steam and three combustion turbine generators. Kyrene can burn either natural gas or oil, depending on availability, cost and environmental restrictions.

    The station has a capacity of 521 MW from six units; 106 MW from two original steam units, 165 MW from three combustion-turbine units and 250 MW from one combined-cycle unit.

    Even though Kyrene is SRP's oldest operating steam plant, it remains a quick source of electricity. Unit 4 is a combustion turbine capable of producing power within 20-30 minutes; Units 4 and 6 are “quick-start” turbines that can produce power in less than 10 minutes, adding critical power to meet peak demand.

    Construction on Kyren began in 1951. Unit 1 was completed in 1952. Unit 2 was completed in 1954. Four gas-combustion turbines were built in the early 1970s; one was sold back to the vendor in 1996. The newest unit was completed in 2002.

    Mesquite Generating Station- natural gas 

    Located in Arlington, Arizona, Mesquite is composed of two natural gas-fired combined-cycle blocks. SRP owns Block 1 and Onward Energy owns Block 2.  

    Each block has an approximate generation capability of 625 MW for a total generation capability of 1,250 MW, depending on season variability. 

    Plant construction began in 2001 and the plant began generating power in 2003. 

    Santan Generating Station - natural gas

    Located in Gilbert, Arizona, the Santan Generating Station is a mix of new and old power generating units that are fueled by natural gas. It is owned and operated by SRP. Santan is a relatively quick source of electricity, it’s capable of producing power within 20 to 60 minutes.

    The original plant is made up on four combined-cycle, combustion and steam generation units, all completed between 1974 and 1975. An additional unit made up of two gas turbines and one steam turbine began operation in 2005. Another generating unit made up of one gas turbine and one steam turbine reached commercial operation in March 2006.

    The original four units are each capable of producing 92 MW, 368 MW total. Units 5 and 6 generate approximately 550 MW and 275 MW, respectively, bringing the facility's expected capacity to approximately 1193 MW with seasonal variations.

    Dry Lake Wind Power Project - wind

    The Dry Lake Wind Power Project, located near Heber, Arizona, is the state's first commercial-scale wind farm. The project is situated on a combination of private, state and Bureau of Land Management public lands.

    The Suzlon S88-2.1 MW turbines at this wind power project generate 127 MW of clean, renewable energy. Typically, a 127 MW wind project can generate power for more than 20,000 average homes, according to the American Wind Energy Association's calculation.

    The project is operated by Iberdrola Renewables and SRP has an agreement to purchase 100% of the plant's electrical energy output.

    Coronado Generating Station - coal

    SRP owns and operates this coal-fired generating station located near St. Johns, in eastern Arizona.

    It has a capacity of 762 MW, from one 382 MW-unit and one 380 MW-unit, and uses the Powder River Basin as a fuel source.

    Plant construction began 1975, with Unit 1 completed Dec. 31, 1979 and Unit 2 completed Oct. 1, 1980.

    The plant is home to innovative environmental control equipment, including electrostatic precipitators to control fly ash, scrubbers to remove sulfur dioxide (SO2) and a water reservoir that’s lined to help recover and contain process waste. Unit 2 also has a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system to remove NOx and plans to have an SCR installed on Unit 1 by the end of 2025.

    Craig Generating Station - coal

    SRP owns a share of this station (29% of Unit 1 and Unit 2) located near Craig, Colorado. It has a capacity of 1,283 MW from three units. Each unit is rated at about 428 MW; SRP receives 124 MW each from Unit 1 and Unit 2. Tri-State is the operating agent for the Craig Generating Station.

    Construction on Units 1 and 2 began in September 1974. Unit 2 was completed in November 1979; Unit 1 was completed in 1981, and Unit 3 was completed in 1984.

    Ownership Summary of Craig Generating Station

    Unit 1&2 Unit 3
    Salt River Project – 29% Tri-State – 100%
    Tri-State – 24%  
    PacifiCorp – 19.28%  
    Platte River Power Authority – 18%  
    Xcel Energy – 9.72%  

    Four Corners Power Plant - coal

    Located 15 miles west of Farmington, New Mexico are five coal-fueled generating units belonging to the Four Corner Power Plant.

    The plant has a capacity of 1,500 MW and 750-MW from both Units 4 and 5. SRP receives a 10% share, 74-MW from Units 4 and 5, respectively.

    Plant construction began in 1961. Units 1 and 2 were completed in 1963; Unit 3 was completed in 1964, Unit 4 was completed in 1969, and Unit 5 was completed in 1970.

    Ownership summary:

    Units 1, 2 and 3 have been decommissioned, while Units 4 and 5 are shared by multiple power providers:      

    Arizona Public Service 63%
    Public Service Company of New Mexico 13%
    Salt River Project 10%  
    Tucson Electric Power 7%
    Navajo Transitional Energy Company 7%

    Hayden Generating Station

    Four miles east of Hayden, Colorado, are two coal-fired generating units belonging to Hayden Generating Station. SRP gets power from a share of the station – 50% of Unit 2. Xcel Energy is the operating agent for the Hayden Generating Station.

    The total capacity of both units is 446 MW; Unit 1 produces 184 MW and Unit 2 produces 262 MW. (SRP receives 131 MW.) Unit 1 construction began in 1962 and was completed in 1965. Unit 2 construction began in 1973 and was completed in 1976.

    Ownership Summary of Hayden Generating Station 

    Unit 1  Unit 2 
    Public Service of Colorado 75.5%  Salt River Project 50.0% 
    PacifiCorp 24.5%  Public Service of Colorado 37.4% 
      PacifiCorp 12.6%

    Springerville Generating Station - coal

    Springerville Generating Station (SGS) is located near the town of Springerville in Arizona. The plant is operated by Tucson Electric Power and has 4 units. Units 1 and 2 provide 380 MW apiece. Unit 3, which began operating in 2005, contributes another 400 MW. And SRP-owned Unit 4, which was completed in 2009, adds another 400 MW, bringing the facility's expected capacity to 1,560 MW. Springerville Unit 4 was built with air emission controls to meet the EPA’s Best Available Control Technology (BACT).

    Springerville Ownership

    Unit 1 and Unit 2 – Tucson Electric Power 100% 
    Unit 3 – Tri-State 100% 
    Unit 4 – Salt River Project 100% 

    Palo Verde Nuclear Station - nuclear

    Forty miles west of downtown Phoenix are three nuclear generating units belonging to Palo Verde Nuclear Station, operated by Arizona Public Service Co. (APS). Palo Verde is the largest nuclear generating station in the United States and the only nuclear generating station not located near a body of water or river. The primary source of water for Palo Verde is recycled waste water from municipalities in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

    The plant has a total capacity of 3,937 MW from the three units. SRP receives 689 MW for its 17.49% share. SRP will acquire 104MW of Unit 1 on 1/1/2023 and 10MW on 1/1/2024 from Public Service Company of New Mexico. Construction began in 1976. Units 1 and 2 were completed in 1986; Unit 3 was completed in 1988.

    Palo Verde’s license renewal allows each unit to operate for another 20 years beyond the original licensing: Unit 1 – 6/1/2045, Unit 2 – 4/24/2046; and Unit 3 11/25/2047.

    Ownership summary

    Arizona Public Service 29.1% 
    Salt River Project 17.5% 
    El Paso Electric Co. 15.8% 
    Southern California Edison 15.8% 
    Public Service Co. of New Mexico 10.2%
    Southern California Public Power Authority 5.9%
    Los Angeles Dept. of Water & Power 5.7%

    Discover solar around the Valley

    We’re harnessing the power of the sun using photovoltaic units – solar modules that generate electric power – around the Valley. Learn more about utility-scale solar and battery storage.

    See where these units are located and how much energy they produce. 

    Agua Fria Solar
    Peoria, AZ

    1 photovoltaic solar unit: 200 kW

    Coyote Grill (CGS)
    St. Johns, AZ

    1 photovoltaic solar unit: 21 kW

    PAB Expansion
    Scottsdale, AZ

    1 photovoltaic solar unit: 75 kW

    Phoenix Park & Ride
    Phoenix, AZ

    1 photovoltaic solar unit: 100 kW

    Pinal Customer Center
    Pinal County, AZ

    1 photovoltaic solar unit: 146 kW

    POB Expansion
    Scottsdale, AZ

    1 photovoltaic solar unit: 75 kW

    Mesa, AZ

    3 photovoltaic solar units: 404 kW

    Tempe Warehouse
    Tempe, AZ

    1 photovoltaic solar unit: 75 kW

    Our plan to decommission coal

    SRP is committed to reducing our carbon emissions, and we are  starting to decommission certain coal-fired plants. The plan includes Hayden in 2027, Craig Unit 1 in 2025 and Unit 2 in 2028, Four Corners in 2031 and Coronado no later than 2032.