The authorization includes the joint transmission line connecting the project to Arizona Public Service's transmission grid.

This final authorization is followed by this past December’s 11-0 decision from the Arizona Power Plant and Transmission Line Siting Committee to give the certificates.

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SolarReserve, a U.S. developer of large-scale solar power projects, announced that it has received its final Certificates of Environmental Compatibility (CEC) by 5-0 decision from the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) for its 150 megawatt (MW) Crossroads Solar Energy Project. The authorization includes the joint transmission line connecting the project to Arizona Public Service’s transmission grid. This final authorization is followed by this past December’s 11-0 decision from the Arizona Power Plant and Transmission Line Siting Committee to give the certificates.

“The unanimous approval by the Commission illustrates a commitment to bringing viable, utility scale solar thermal projects to Arizona which will contribute to the state meeting its renewable energy goals and peak energy demand with non intermittent, fully dispatchable power,” said Tom Georgis, Vice President of Development for SolarReserve. “The project also represents hundreds of millions of dollars of investment into Arizona and significant, diverse job creation in the construction, operations, manufacturing and supply sectors.”

The project will create over 450 construction jobs during the two-year construction period and up to 5,000 direct and induced jobs, including off-site supplier and supporting activities. The project has a capital cost in excess of $500 million and is expected to generate economic development in Gila Bend and throughout the region. It will employ at least 45 full-time, permanent operations staff throughout the 30-year project operating life and has an annual operating budget of up to $10 million per year, largely spend locally.

The Crossroads Solar Energy Project will be located on privately owned and actively cultivated land west of the Town of Gila Bend in Maricopa County, Arizona. The 150 megawatt project will provide approximately 450,000 megawatt hours annually of reliable, green, zero-emission electricity to Arizona – enough to power up to 100,000 homes during peak electricity periods. The project will use an advanced molten salt, power tower technology developed by Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, a division of United Technologies Corporation, giving the ability to stock up on 10 hours of solar energy and generate electricity on demand, even when the sun sets. This energy storage capacity provides a steady, predictable electricity amount and can substitute conventional power generation that produces harmful emissions from burning coal, natural gas and oil.

“I am excited about this project. I believe this new technology will be very beneficial as we continue to make Arizona the solar capital,” stated Arizona Commissioner Sandra Kennedy in her vote to support the project. “I like the fact that the developers of this project will seek to sell their solar power within Arizona, which I believe is a testament to our Renewable Energy Standard.”

The American Institute of Renewable Energy (AIRE) is a solar training school fully equipped to prepare the workforce needed to complete and operate SolarReserve’s Crossroads Solar Energy project. Solar photovoltaic training is mandatory in order to complete this ambitious project that will create jobs in Arizona. In order to start-up ones career in the solar energy industry, one should take the initiative to receive a solar installation certification. AIRE also offers free solar training seminars if one wants an introductory course in solar training.

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