EDP Renewables developing 200-MW Arizona solar project powering Facebook data center

EDP ​​Renewable Energy and utility company Salt River Project (SRP) have signed a 25-year power purchase agreement for 200 MW at the Randolph Solar Park in Pinal County, south-central Arizona.

Randolph Solar Park’s entire capacity will be devoted to support Facebook’s newly announced data center in Mesa, Arizona

“We’re excited to work with partners who share our vision for sustainability, and we’re excited to partner with EDP Renewables to power Facebook’s new data center with renewable solar power,” said Kelly Barr, Chief Strategy, Corporate Services and Sustainability Executive of SRP. “All organizations involved in this effort are collectively reducing carbon emissions in Arizona and setting a precedent for a green energy future.”

The Randolph Solar Park is expected to be operational by 2023, generating enough electricity to power more than 49,000 average homes in Arizona annually

SRP’s investment in the Randolph Solar Park is part of the utility’s comprehensive commitment to add 2,025 MW of utility solar power resources to its power system by 2025 and supply customer energy needs with renewable energy.

“We are excited to partner with SRP and EDP Renewables to bring new solar energy resources to the Arizona grid. Access to renewable energy and a strong network were an important part of our decision to build in Mesa,” said Urvi Parekh, head of renewable energy at Facebook. “Facebook is committed to making a positive impact on local communities and we are excited to help bring this additional investment and jobs to the area.”

Randolph is EDP Renewables’ first greenfield development project to conduct a PPA in the state, and the company will continue its efforts to add more to its portfolio in Arizona in the coming years.

“Arizona has an abundance of solar opportunities and this transaction enables EDP Renewables to expand our presence in this growing market,” said Miguel Prado, CEO of EDP Renewables North America. “We are eager to break ground next year with this project, which will provide an economic boost to the local economy and provide sustainable, reliable energy for Arizonans.”

News release from EDP Renewables North America

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