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    Longroad cuts ribbon at Sun Streams Complex

    Developer Longroad inaugurated its expansive Longroad Sun Streams Complex in Maricopa County, Arizona, USA. Presently, the complex consists of three projects, totaling 862MWdc (665MWac) of solar capacity and 515MWac/2060MWh of storage. However, upon completion, it will encompass over 950MWdc of solar power and 600MWac/500MWh of storage.

     

    The complex comprises the operational 200MWdc Sun Streams 2, which commenced operations in mid-2021; the Sun Streams 3, consisting of 285MWdc of solar and 215MWac/860MWh of storage, scheduled to be operational in 2024; and the Sun Streams 4, a 377MWdc solar and 300MWac/1200MWh storage project, which is Longroad’s largest endeavor to date and anticipated to be commercially operational by mid-2025.

     

    The battery yard for Sun Streams 3, nearing completion, spans over 15 acres and is equipped to accommodate approximately one million battery cells.

     

    The ribbon-cutting ceremony was graced by the presence of Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs and Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) Commissioner Lea Marquez Peterson, alongside executives from Arizona Public Service, Longroad Energy, McCarthy Building Companies, and US Bancorp Impact Finance.

     

    Longroad emphasized that the event celebrated the significant progress achieved at the vast solar and storage complex spanning over 6000 acres, highlighting its contributions to Arizona, such as providing clean solar energy equivalent to powering 200,000 average American homes, creating 1000 construction jobs, and delivering over $300 million in benefits to Arizona schools and communities through long-term leases with the Arizona State Land Department and tax remittances.

     

    Governor Hobbs said “The Longroad Sun Streams Complex is a powerful example of how responsible land stewardship, and the ambitious expansion of renewable energy infrastructure delivers a wealth of benefits to Arizona citizens. Revenues of $300m generated through land leases and taxes are directly benefitting Arizona schools and communities.”

     

    “The Sun Streams projects will provide a clean energy source to support grid reliability and help ensure Arizona citizens stay cool on the hottest summer days. Additionally, Sun Streams is generating family-sustaining construction jobs, and supporting a skilled work force in the clean energy sector that is helping to position our state as a hub for innovation and sustainability.”

     

    Paul Gaynor, Longroad chief executive, added “It was an honor to welcome today Governor Hobbs, Arizona officials, and our valued partners to our flagship Longroad Sun Streams Complex to mark the progress that has been made with this large-scale renewable energy infrastructure and its impact on Arizona.”

     

    “We want to recognise and thank the many officials from the Arizona State Land Department and Maricopa County who have been instrumental in advancing the Sun Streams Complex, which represents over $2bn of investment.”

     

    “We are exceedingly proud of what we have collectively been able to achieve, especially the beneficial impacts we are delivering by harnessing Arizona’s powerful solar resource to ensure reliable power during the peak summer months and to reduce emissions, while strengthening the local economy through our leases, taxes, and the jobs we help to create.”

     

    “It has been a privilege to work with the state entities and our partners, and we look forward to continued efforts in Arizona as we make strides on the long road to a greener future.”

     

    ACC Commissioner Peterson mentioned “As Arizona continues to diversify our energy mix with clean generation sources, the Longroad Sun Streams Complex is a great example of the value and progress that large-scale solar energy is bringing to the ratepayers and the state at large.”

     

    “The combination of solar paired with extensive battery storage will offer a carbon-free energy solution to address summertime peak demand, supporting energy reliability when Arizonans need it most.”

     

    APS has procured the entire output of the Complex’s two largest projects, Sun Streams 3 and Sun Streams 4, through extended Power Purchase Agreements. These initiatives are aimed at bolstering system reliability in Arizona, especially during the high-demand summer periods.

     

    Ann Becker, vice president of sustainability at APS, stated “APS provides around-the-clock service our customers count on, especially during Arizona’s hottest summer days.”

     

    “Our commitment to the Sun Streams Complex project will further strengthen our diverse supply of energy resources in a reliable, clean, and cost-effective way. In addition to solar power generation, the battery storage will capture the sun’s energy to be used during times of the day when customers need it most and the sun is no longer shining.”

     

    McCarthy, with its Renewable Energy division headquartered in Phoenix, served as the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractor for all three ventures within the Longroad Sun Streams Complex.

     

    As for Impact Finance, it exclusively acted as the tax equity investor for the two principal Sun Streams projects.

     

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