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Public hearing to present plans for new solar power plant between Chino and Prescott airport

Residents near a proposed 10-Megawatt Solar Power Plant in Chino Valley and Prescott were invited to a public hearing about the plant Wed., April 6, at 4 p.m. at the Chino Valley Town Council Chambers, 202 N. Highway 89.

The plant's developers, SunEdison, are hosting the public hearing, along with Arizona Public Service.

The general public is welcome to attend and hear more about the project as well. People will learn about the site, construction plans, the substation, as well as view artist's renderings of the power plant.

SunEdison, a subsidiary of MEMC Electronic Materials Inc. (NYSE: WFR), and Arizona Public Service Co., plan to build a utility-scale photovoltaic solar power plant to be located two miles north of the Prescott Regional Airport.

SunEdison will own and operate the plant with APS purchasing the entire output. APS estimates the 10-megawatt facility can provide enough power to meet the annual energy needs of 2,500 Arizona customers.

The plant is expected to generate more than 25 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of clean energy in its first year of operation alone and approximately 653 million kWh over 30 years.

APS's decade-long history of solar in Prescott includes a 194-kilowatt system at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (completed in 2001), a small system on the roof of Prescott College (completed in 2004) and a 3.6-megawatt plant near the Prescott Regional Airport (completed in 2006).

Instead of purchasing the power, APS will own the facilities after construction is completed. With these two solar plants plus today's announcement, APS's renewable portfolio totals approximately 851 megawatts, of which 282 is in operation and serving customers.

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