Arizona utility to add 1,000MW of solar by 2025 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Arizona Republic:Salt River Project will massively increase the amount of solar energy the utility uses by 2025, saving the company money and reducing its reliance on natural gas, officials said Thursday. SRP officials said they plan to add 1,000 megawatts of solar to the system over seven years, a big increase from the 200 megawatts on SRP’s system today.CEO Mike Hummel told the board members the amount is the maximum amount of solar energy SRP can put into service without major impacts on the grid and the company’s coal-fired power plants. “It is an aggressive move on renewables,” Hummel said. “It is an aggressive move on scale. But it is one I believe we can make work.”SRP also has about 180 megawatts of solar on its system that customers have installed, and that figure is expected to grow to about 300 megawatts over the same time, Hummel said.SRP came up with the plan after setting out to explore the maximum amount of solar energy it could accommodate on the power grid, he said. During the hottest hours of the hottest days, power demand from SRP customers peaks at about 7,000 megawatts.The plan means SRP will get 16 percent of its energy supply from renewable sources in 2025, with 11 percent of that from solar alone. It will get another 11 percent of its supply from energy-efficiency measures that encourage customers to use less electricity.SRP officials didn’t offer a cost estimate since the utility won’t construct plants, but Courtright said based on market prices today SRP should save money because solar energy is cheaper than power from natural gas plants.More: Salt River Project plans massive increase in solar power use
Construction has started on the first stage of a $125 million dual tower community centred around the city’s iconic SkyNeedle.He said SkyNeedle Apartments were positioned at the heart of South Brisbane, with connectivity to the Brisbane CBD and Southbank.A cafe during stage two will be incorporated at the base of the SkyNeedle, becoming a standout feature enhanced by water features.An exclusive residents’ recreational space will include a resort-style pool, barbecue pavilions and seating areas. Mr Pradella said next year marked the 30-year milestone since SkyNeedle made its debut at Expo 88 and expected the first tower to be completed by late 2018. Developer Pradella has started construction on the first stage of a $125 million dual tower community centred around the city’s iconic SkyNeedle.Brisbane hairdresser Stefan Ackerie bought the structure in the 80s, later selling it to developer Pradella Group in 2015.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020Pradella director Kim Pradella and Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk launched the start of construction on the ‘legacy landmark’, with more than 70 per cent of apartments in the first tower selling for a total of $38 million.Mr Pradella said the first tower included one and two-bedroom units, however a few buyers had opted to amalgamate apartments to create a larger property with a customised floorplan. He said the apartments were designed to be as iconic as their namesake and was Brisbane’s next step in its emergence as a ‘new world city’.“These residences will really be next level in terms of their accessibility and amenity,” Mr Pradella said.“The SkyNeedle makes this community immediately identifiable not only for locals but also visitors. “It is the wow factor that sets this development apart from all others across the city.” Kim Pradella and Lord Mayor Graham Quirk at the SkyNeedle construction site.A BRISBANE icon known for once lighting up the city skyline will get a facelift as part of a new development that has just kicked off.Incorporating the refurbished SkyNeedle as part of South Brisbane’s $125 million dual tower SkyNeedle Aparment project, the first tower will comprise 110 of the total 237 apartments.SkyNeedle, an 88 metre pillar, was a key feature of Brisbane’s World Expo in 1988, and remains a prominent marker on the city skyline.