Sustainable Tempe News

Tempe flips switch on 924-kilowatt solar project

Officials place last of 3,000-plus solar panels

Post Date:03/14/2014

SWTP solar media op

City of Tempe officials, along with project partners SRP and Solar City, this morning placed the final panel on the city’s largest solar project at Tempe’s South Water Treatment Plant. The project features more than 3,000 solar panels that will generate more than 1.6 million kilowatt hours of electricity each year, supplying 15 percent of the water plant’s energy needs.

“The City of Tempe’s has long been a leader in our commitment to sustainability,” said Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell. “This project will be the first and the largest of several solar projects that we’ll be implementing at city facilities over the next few years. We are excited to be taking this important step forward.”

Tempe expects to save more than $25,500 in utility costs during the first year, with anticipated savings of $2.3 million over 20 years. The project will reduce the water plant’s carbon emissions by 1,130 metric tons annually, equivalent to removing 235 cars from the road each year.

“The city of Tempe is to be commended for investing in green energy to provide water, a valuable resource, to its residents,” said Lori Singleton, SRP’s Director of Emerging Customer Programs for Solar, Sustainability and Telecom. “We commend the City of Tempe for their commitment to solar energy.”

Future solar projects include a 250-kilowatt facility at Tempe’s downtown Police/Courts building and 900-kilowatt facility at the city’s Johnny G. Martinez Water Treatment Plant.


Media contacts:
Amanda Nelson, City of Tempe
480-350-2707 (office) 480-250-5177 (cell)

Patty Garcia-Likens, SRP
602-236-2588 (office) 480-278-4576 (cell)

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