175 MW Sonoran Solar Facility

175 MW Sonoran Solar Facility

Project Description

With more than 300 days of sunshine and blue skies each year, Arizona definitely has no shortage of sun. Gila Bend is known for receiving abundant sunshine due to the stable descending air of high pressure systems found frequently in the southwestern US, making it the perfect location for Sonoran Solar Facility, LLC. Vasari Energy is carefully and efficiently developing this land to ensure the process is quick and efficient. Spanning over an area of more than 900 acres, the Sonoran Solar Facility, LLC can generate up to 175MW DC of electricity, enough solar power to fulfill the energy needs of more than 13,000 households in the area.
It will also reduce the amount of harmful carbon dioxides produced each year through other means of power generation. Not only will the addition of clean energy production from Sonoran Solar Facility, LLC help Arizona push towards the renewal energy initiative by 2025, but the construction of Sonoran Solar Facility, LLC will also stimulate the community of Gila Bend.

Summary of the Project

NAMEPLATE CAPACITY 175 MW
PROJECT AREA +/- 900 Acres
TOPOGRAPHY Flat
LOCATION Corner of W. Watermelon Rd. and S. Citrus Valley Rd.
VISIBILITY Visible from State HWY
DIRECT NORMAL SOLAR RADIATION 6.7 KWh/m²/day
TRANSMISSION APS Panda Substation
UTILITY LINES 230kV
DISTANCE FROM SUBSTATION 3 miles

Project location: Project to substation


Environment

ARIZONA’S AVERAGE OF 321 DAYS OF SUN EACH YEAR PROVIDES ENOUGH SOLAR ENERGY TO POWER THE ENTIRE U.S. AT NEARLY 2.5 TW OF POTENTIAL CONCENTRATING SOLAR POWER. The Arizona Corporation Commission is actively developing plans to build a robust transmission system to import and export renewable energy in Arizona.


Arizona is well-positioned to generate solar power for export to high-cost markets like California, meeting peak demand and Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) requirements.


Site Location in Region

Site


Average daily solar insolation: Site is located in the solar heartland of the country

Renewable portfolio standards comparison: Mountain west region