Boeing To Procure Power From 100 MW Solar Plant

Boeing To Manufacture Apache Helicopters Using Solar Power From 100 MW Plant Of Salt River Project, Once It Is Online In December 2021
07:07 PM (Beijing Time) - 14. September 2020
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After Intel, Salt River Project has secured aerospace company Boeing as offtaker for solar power from its soon to come up 100 MW Eloy Solar Power Project In Arizona, to be built by sPower. (Photo Credit: Boeing)

Key Takeaways

  • Boeing has announced an agreement with SRP to source solar power for its Mesa located manufacturing facility and operations
  • Power generated by 100 MW Eloy Solar Power Plant is to cover up 25% of the company’s electricity needs for 15 years
  • Eloy project is to come online in December 2021 and will help the company in its overarching goal of being 100% renewable energy powered

US headquartered global aerospace company Boeing will procure solar power for one of its production sites in Arizona’s Mesa where it manufactures Apache helicopters. The location also houses various corporate, commercial and defence teams of the company in over 40 buildings.

For Mesa to receive about 25% of its electricity needs from clean energy, Boeing has signed up as a corporate power purchaser for Salt River Project’s (SRP) 100 MW Eloy Solar Power Plant. The project is coming up in Eloy, Arizona which is some 50 miles from the Boeing plant, and is scheduled to come online in December 2021.

Arizona based utility SRP has secured Boeing as one of the several corporate customers for power from the 100 MW facility, for a period of 15 years, helping the latter in its overall goal to reduce GHG emissions 25% by 2025 and eventually switch over to 100% renewable energy in all of its power operations.

“It makes sense to take advantage of renewable solar energy at a location that enjoys 295 days of sunshine a year,” said Boeing Vice President of Facilities & Asset Management, Beth Schryer. “This will help offset the same amount of energy equivalent to that used in one year by 670 average US homes.”

Boeing says its 2 sites in Washington’s Renton and South Carolina’s Charleston are both powered by 100% renewable energy.

Before Boeing, SRP secured technology giant Intel as a corporate customer for a 15-year period for power to be generated by the 100 ME Eloy project which the latter plans to use for its Chandler Ocotillo Campus where it manufactures semiconductor. The project will be built by sPower.

Earlier this year in January 2020, SRP sought proposals for up to 400 MW PV capacity with 200 MW to be developed in Navajo nation (see US Utility Issues RFP For 400 MW Solar).

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