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Italian company planning solar plant near Maricopa

Sat, 02/02/2013 - 12:13am
The Associated Press

An Italian company is proposing to build a massive solar-power plant south of Phoenix.

Marisol Energy 2 envisions a project that would generate 300 megawatts when the sun is shining. That would be enough power for 75,000 homes.

The Arizona Republic (http://bit.ly/TnuXwZ) reports that Maricopa Solar Park Project is envisioned near the town of Maricopa and the Sonoran Desert National Monument.

The plant would require about 1,700 acres of land.

Marisol Energy 2 applied in April with the Bureau of Land Management to use the parcel.

The BLM has designated the land as being appropriate for renewable-energy projects.

It's still unclear where the electricity from the power plant might be sold.

Neither Salt River Project nor Arizona Public Service Co. has agreed to buy power from the project.

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Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com

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