Groundbreaking at Box Canyon Solar project, Arizona

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BrightNight has announced the groundbreaking at Box Canyon Solar. The company was joined by its joint venture partner Cordelio Power, and Southwest Public Power Agency (SPPA). The 300-MW project is located near the town of Florence in Pinal County, Arizona. It is the largest renewable energy purchase in SPPA’s history and a significant step forward in Arizona’s clean energy revolution. The project is the first in BrightNight and Cordelio Power’s 2 GW Arizona portfolio to begin development.

BrightNight CEO Martin Hermann, SPPA President of the Board Ken Robbins, and Pinal County authorities welcomed Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs to the site on November 15.

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“While our state continues to experience historic economic growth, we must ensure this growth is sustainable. There is no better place to do that than in our rural communities,” Katie Hobbs, governor of Arizona, said. “Not only will this massive project generate clean energy, but it will also provide consistent revenue to the state. It will also create good-paying jobs for local residents.” My administration is devoted to fully realising Arizona’s solar energy potential so that we can make our state the ideal place to live, work, and raise a family.”

Furthermore, the groundbreaking is a significant milestone as SPPA chose the Box Canyon project in a competitive process that will commence in December 2020. As part of its joint venture with Cordelio Power, BrightNight oversaw the development of the Box Canyon project.

Outcomes of the Box Canyon Solar project

The Box Canyon Solar Project will generate enough electricity each year to power 77,000 Arizona homes and businesses. With the support of BrightNight’s patented artificial intelligence-based platform, the project’s design has been optimised to maximise performance and offer the highest-value project at the lowest cost.

The project will have a considerable economic impact on the local community. According to Elliott Pollack and Associates’ economic impact analysis, the project will produce $47 million in Pinal County economic effect during construction. Additionally, it will create 300 American employment.