Griffith Energy, an affiliate of ArcLight Capital Partners, plans to construct a 2 MW behind-the-meter solar project at the Griffith Generating Station in Mohave County, Arizona. The project will offset the company’s auxiliary electricity requirements, online or offline, and reduce its greenhouse gas emissions footprint by approximately $4.4 million of CO2 per year, equivalent to removing 350 cars from the road.
The project will also offset the power plant's water consumption with a reduced need to self-supply auxiliary energy with natural gas and related cooling water.
While the first phase of the project is about 80% complete and consists of 700.3 KW of rooftop-mounted solar panels, the second phase of construction is anticipated to end by early 2024 with about 1.3 MW of ground-mounted solar panels with single-axis tracking. The project will create 25 local construction jobs.
"This behind-the-meter solar project is highly economical, and we believe it represents the fastest way to get solar energy on the grid," said Joe Alves, Managing Director at ArcLight. "We see this as a template for other industrial and thermal generation facilities in the Desert Southwest."
Additionally, ArcLight has also partnered with its affiliates Griffith, Griffith Solar, and Elevate Renewables F7 to develop a 25 MW solar plus 25 MW four-hour battery energy storage system (BESS) with additional expansion opportunities in Mohave County.