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Solar  -  November 16, 2020

Arizona utility plans to purchase 200 MW of solar power for customers

Businesses and homeowners in Arizona will soon have access to a supply of renewable energy under an agreement made by the local utility.

Arizona Public Service Company (APS) entered into a PPA with Leeward Renewable Energy for the purchase of 200 MW of wind energy from two Leeward facilities in New Mexico over 20 years. The two projects are the 90 MW Aragonne Wind project and the 145 MW Aragonne Mesa Wind project, both of which are in Guadalupe County, N.M.

APS previously this year announced its commitment to provide 100% clean energy to its customers by 2050 and intends to start using the clean power from Leeward’s wind projects to supply its customers with energy by the end of 2021.

“Renewable energy resources like this wind power are important to a diverse and increasingly clean energy mix for Arizona,” Brad Albert, Vice President of Resource Management, said in a statement. “By working with supplier partners like Leeward, APS is advancing toward our target of having 45% of our generation portfolio in renewable energy by 2030 on the path to 100% clean energy by 2050. We are moving toward that future while continuing our focus on serving customers with reliable, affordable energy.”

Leeward and APS have been working together since 2006 when the utility first began receiving wind energy to supply its customers’ energy needs.

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