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Apple finalizes purchase of solar plant outside of Phoenix

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PHOENIX — Tech giant Apple has expanded its stake in Arizona finalizing the purchase of a large solar plant outside of Phoenix.

Apple and power company Salt River Project announced the joint project earlier this week in neighboring Pinal County.

SRP’s board of directors approved the deal to buy clean energy produced at Apple’s 50-megawatt plant in Florence, Arizona, about 60 miles southeast of Phoenix. SRP supplies power to Maricopa and Pinal counties.

The Casa Grande Dispatch reported the 300-acre site was scheduled for completion by the end of the year.

The Bonneybrooke solar plant was expected to put out enough energy to run 12,000 homes.

The companies have already worked together. In 2014, they partnered on Apple’s data center based in Mesa.

In 2015, Apple announced that site, near Elliot and Signal Butte roads, would become a “global command center.”

In June, Apple applied with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to sell energy from its rooftop solar panels and other energy sources.

SRP said the 25-year agreement wouldn’t affect other ratepayers.

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