Cielo Azul switchyard (“Cielo Azul” or “the Project”) will be a six-bay, 500 kilovolt (“kV”) air-insulated switchyard with circuit breakers arranged in a highly-reliable breaker-and-a-half configuration. The Project will facilitate the electrical interconnection of solar and electrical energy storage facilities located in the vicinity of the Project in La Paz County Arizona to the bulk power transmission network via to the Ten West Link 500 kV transmission line (“Ten West Link”).
The Cielo Azul switchyard will be located in La Paz County, Arizona, approximately 0.5 miles southeast of mile marker 58 on Interstate 10 (I-10). DCRT has secured a 55-acre Right-of-Way from La Paz County for the proposed Project.
The purpose of the Project is to facilitate the interconnection of the Atlas Solar project and other future generation projects proposing to interconnect to the bulk electric grid via the Ten West Link, thereby providing new reliable and cost-effective renewable energy to the southwestern United States. In the absence of this Project, the proposed solar plus electrical energy storage projects in La Paz County, AZ would not be able to connect to the bulk transmission network in an efficient and effective manner and such development in this area would stifle due to lack of adequate transmission infrastructure. As such, among other benefits, the Project’s construction and interconnection with Ten West Link brings substantial value to the economics, adequacy, and reliability of Arizona’s energy supply.
Secure Land ROW from La Paz County: December 2020
Complete 50% Engineering: May 2021
File CEC Application: July 2021
Siting Committee Hearings: August 31 - September 3, 2021
Complete Engineering: September 2021
Secure Construction Partner: September 2021
Order Long Lead-Time Items: September 2021
Receive CEC from ACC: October 2021
Start Construction: January 2022
Commissioning & Testing: Q3-Q4 2022
Full Commercial Operation: Q4 2022
Project Schedule subject to change
Arizona Siting Committee - hearing schedule:
CEC application (filed 7/15/21): http://docket.images.azcc.gov/0000204153.pdf?i=1626459986256
Ten Year Plan filed with ACC: https://docket.images.azcc.gov/E000013676.pdf?i=1629953599042
Hearing Testimony and Exhibits: https://docket.images.azcc.gov/0000204450.pdf?i=1629953754756
Prehearing Conference Transcript: https://edocket.azcc.gov/assets/NotAvailable.htm
Notice of Hearing: https://docket.images.azcc.gov/0000204173.pdf?i=1629953754756
Hearing Agenda: https://docket.images.azcc.gov/0000204174.pdf?i=1629953754756
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