QUEEN CREEK, Ariz.
Nov. 14, 2012
/PRNewswire/ -- PSEG Solar Source, The Salt River Project (SRP), and juwi solar Inc. (JSI), today dedicated the PSEG Queen Creek Solar Farm, in
Queen Creek, Arizona
. Joining representatives from the companies were
as well as other local officials and business leaders.
The PSEG Queen Creek Solar farm is a 25 megawatt DC (19 megawatt AC) plant, containing approximately 90,000 crystalline solar panels and 48, 400kW solar inverters. The panels are mounted on single axis tracking systems that allow the panels to follow the sun across the sky and maximize the amount of electricity generated by each panel. Each of the 48 inverters has six, 67kW extractable modules with a customized configuration enabling maximum energy harvesting. The solar power generated by the project offsets approximately 21,000 metric tons of CO
emissions each year, the equivalent of taking approximately 4,100 cars off the road. The PSEG Queen Creek Solar Farm is located on 148 acres of land approximately 30 miles southeast of
and will produce an amount of energy equal to that needed to serve about 3,300 SRP residential customers.
The project is owned by
-based PSEG Solar Source. juwi solar developed the project, served as EPC contractor and manages the day-to-day operation of the plant. SRP has entered into a 20-year agreement to buy the power from the plant.
-based Power-One supplied and tested the inverters, which convert electricity from direct current or DC (which is produced by solar panels), to alternating current or AC (as it is used in homes and businesses).
Speaking at the event,
, president of PSEG Solar Source, said the company was pleased with the support the project had received in
and was hopeful that this would not be the last dedication of a solar facility in
for her company.
Speakers at the dedication included
, chairman, president and CEO of PSEG (parent company of PSEG Solar Source);
, president, PSEG Solar Source; Mayor Barney;
, president of SRP;
, CFO of JSI; and
, vice president of renewable energy sales for
Izzo thanked all involved with the project, and noted, "PSEG has been pushing the frontiers of solar in
, through our regulated utility, PSE&G, and outside NJ through PSEG Solar Source. Our utility has 22 solar projects as well as the largest pole-attached solar program in the world. PSEG Solar Source owns the largest solar farm in
, the second largest solar farm in
and is building what will be the largest solar farm in
. The Queen Creek Farm is a wonderful addition to our fleet."
Queen Creek Solar
not only allows SRP to provide our customers with clean, green energy, but it can be done efficiently, close to our load and with virtually no water," said SRP President
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, hydro power and conservation and energy-efficiency measures.