Photo courtesy of Strata Clean Energy

Strata Clean Energy has commenced construction of the Scatter Wash Energy Storage Project, a significant battery-storage facility in North Phoenix. The groundbreaking ceremony for the $500 million project, attended by Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs, took place near 7th Avenue and Happy Valley Road on January 18.

The facility, set to be operational in 2025, will feature 312 large battery units, designed to accumulate power in the morning and early afternoon and release it during peak-demand hours for utility APS and its customers. This one-gigawatt plant is among the largest of its kind.

Governor Hobbs highlighted the role of House Bill 2496 in facilitating such crucial infrastructure projects. “Last year, I signed House Bill 2496 into law, which helped mitigate the backlog that often holds up necessary projects like this one,” Hobbs stated during the press conference at the groundbreaking ceremony.

The construction of the Scatter Wash Energy Storage Project is expected to create around 130 jobs and marks a significant step in enhancing energy storage and distribution capabilities in the region.