In 2015, Anza Electric Cooperative teamed up with our power supplier, Arizona Electric Power Cooperative (AEPCO), to do a financial analysis on a solar project with the long term goal of supplementing our existing power, reducing costs and meeting the state's renewable energy goals. The analysis showed a very good rate of return over the expected life of the system and SunAnza was approved.
Anza Electric purchased the lot next door to the AEC office and in the fall of 2017 the first phase of SunAnza was completed, adding 2MW of power to our existing power supply..
The long-term plan was to build an additional 1.4MW of solar power and to add a battery energy storage system capable of storing 2MW of solar power.
The 1.4MW addition of power and battery storage system were completed in December 2020.
The investment in the SunAnza solar array has provided a reduction in cost of imported power; helped us meet peak demand during summer months and has allowed us to continue the process of meeting the state of California's renewable energy goals. The battery storage system also provides a limited amount of energy to be utilized in the event of power outages.
SunAnza has helped us meet our goal of supplying safe, reliable and cost effective power to our members.
SunAnza Ground Breaking Ceremony. October 15, 2016.
Board Members, Kevin Short and one of the founders
of AEC, Barbara Bradford (in pink dress).