SSVEC has seen major changes in our energy mix over the last few years
In 2016 over 80% of our energy was produced by coal, and we estimate in 2023 that number will be under 26%. With the new hoover power contracts, our hydro power has increased from 5.2% to 12.3%. Power from natural gas has increased from 3% to over 43%.
Solar has gone from almost nothing to over 12% with the addition of our second large solar field with battery backup. The solar number does not include homes and businesses that have installed solar, nor the schools solar project where SSVEC installed solar shade structures and the schools keep the electricity that is produced. We aren’t going to stop there on renewables. We have several other projects in the pipeline to continue to increase that percent, and we are doing it smartly and in a way that is cost effective, reliable, and safe and will include some large-scale battery projects.
Our purchase of power on the open market, which is mostly from natural gas, increased from just over 11% in 2016 to nearly 12% in 2023. Our power supplier, Arizona Power Electric Cooperative have several other projects in the pipeline to continue to increase the amount of power that produce in a way that is cost effective, reliable, and safe.