Salt Lake City-headquartered sPower says construction has begun on its 45 MW Sandstone Solar project in Florence, Ariz.
The facility, through a 21-year power purchase agreement between sPower and public power utility Salt River Project, is scheduled to start delivering energy by the end of the year.
sPower awarded the engineering, procurement and construction contract to Swinerton Renewable Energy, which will install more than 182,000 Jinko Solar photovoltaic modules on a tracking system.
When fully operational, the Sandstone Solar facility will produce power for more than 8,000 homes and reduce carbon emissions by more than 88,800 metric tons annually.
The project secured required permits and approvals from the Town of Florence and the Bureau of Indian Affairs in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act for a Finding of No Significant Impact for the project's environmental assessment.