Southwest Electric Cooperatives and Public Power Utilities Join Together on Apache Solar Project 294 MWdc, Battery Storage Facility, up to 940 MWh

Published by The Bee News

October 13, 2023

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Arizona Electric Power Cooperative (AEPCO), a not-for-profit, member-owned electric
generation and transmission cooperative headquartered southeast of Tucson, has received board
approval to enter into an agreement with Roadrunner Solar LLC and Roadrunner Storage LLC, affiliates
of Clēnera LLC, an Enlight Company (“Enlight”, NASDAQ: ENLT, TASE: ENLT.TA), to develop a new solar
project, with a nameplate capacity of up to 294 MWdc, and battery storage facility, with a nameplate
capacity of up to 940 MWh, at the Apache Station in Cochise County.
Also known as the Apache Solar II project, it will be AEPCO’s largest renewable project
developed for the benefit of its rural electric distribution cooperative and public power members, and it
will provide enough energy to power approximately 54,000 homes.
“We’re excited to add this cost-effective renewable generation to our portfolio,” said Patrick
Ledger, AEPCO executive vice president and CEO. “As a not-for-profit cooperative, we work with our
member-owners and their boards and managers to ensure that investments in new resources are
prudently made. Our objective is to provide affordable and reliable power, not to make a profit. The
Apache Solar II project demonstrates the advantage of smaller utilities coming together on a larger
project, to take advantage of economies of scale and substantially reduced costs for all participants and
their electric consumers at the end of the line,” Ledger said.
“Our electric cooperative and public utility members serve several disadvantaged communities
in the state, so we also hope to take advantage of direct-pay tax incentives, as well as new federal grants
under the Rural Utilities Services New ERA grants program, that could help further decrease the cost of
the project, providing a truly competitive source of carbonfree power for the first time.”
In addition to solar power, AEPCO’s Apache Solar II will also provide each participating
cooperative and utility member the ability to store solar energy in a 4-hour battery energy storage
system with flexibility to dispatch the batteries to meet the unique needs of each member. The Apache
Solar II project is completing siting, design and permitting over the next several months. The project
could be operational as soon as the summer of 2025. The Apache Solar II project has previously been
referred to by Clēnera as the Roadrunner project.
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Arizona Electric Power Cooperative Inc. is the generation, transmission, and energy services
provider for electric distribution cooperatives and public utilities in Arizona, California, and Nevada.
Headquartered in Benson, Arizona, AEPCO operates with its sister organization, Sierra Southwest
Cooperative Services, under the umbrella of Arizona G&T Cooperatives. Learn more at azgt.coop.

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