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40MW solar plant north of Tucson powers ASU, PayPal

Electricity from a new $90 million solar power plant in Red Rock will be underwritten by PayPal's operation in Phoenix, and Arizona State University. The facility, next to an existing natural-gas plant about 35 miles north of Tucson, was dedicated this week.

The 400-acre Red Rock operation is Arizona Public Service's largest grid solar plant, with its 40 megawatt potential surpassing a 35MW plant near Yuma.

The new plant has enough capacity to power up to 10,000 homes during the day, company representatives said.

ASU and PayPal won't directly use the electricity from the plant. It will feed into the power grid, with the university and payment processor purchasing renewable-energy credits equal to the output of the plant.

"The construction of Red Rock is a great example of how we partner with our commercial customers to find innovative and sustainable solutions that can help them realize their green energy goals," said Daniel Froetscher, an APS senior vice president.

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