Harnessing the power of solar energy to support valuable green hydrogen production

The BrightNight Orchard Renewable Power Project

Clean renewable power with a big impact

The BrightNight Orchard Renewable Power Project combines the best in renewable power innovation to deliver broad economic and environmental value to the community in Yuma County, Arizona. Our project will feature solar energy generation (i.e. “solar farm”) co-located with a green hydrogen facility. BrightNight specializes in the development, construction, and operation of renewable power, such as solar and wind combined with battery energy storage. We’ve partnered with Plug Power, a global leader in green hydrogen production, to help make this project a reality. Together, we look forward to joining the Yuma community, meeting our future neighbors and colleagues, and learning how we can support the region’s growth and sustainability goals.

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  • Up to 300-megawatts

    Clean renewable solar power

  • More than $750M

    Private infrastructure investment

  • 30 metric tons per day

    Green hydrogen production

  • $60M

    Local and state property tax revenue

  • More than 60

    Full-time, permanent jobs

  • More than $50M

    Paid to the ASLD K-12 Educational Trust

  • 250-300

    Jobs created during construction

  • 545 million hours

    Safe, reliable operations by Plug Power

  • Over 98% reduction

    In water consumption compared to current use

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Future site of the Orchard Renewable Power Project

In order to deliver the power generated by the Orchard Renewable Power Project, we have proposed the construction of a 9-mile long, 230kV Generation Intertie Transmission Line. The proposed location of the project, route of the gen-tie, and the connection point at the existing Orchard substation are shown on the map below.

Want to learn more?
Orchard Renewable Power Project Community Brochure

Green Hydrogen Fact Sheet

Project Events & Documents

  • January 30 – February 2 – Certificate of Environmental Compatibility (CEC) Line-Siting Hearings will take place. Public comment period will take place on Jan 30 at 5:30PM at the Yuma Holiday Inn (1901 E 18th St, Yuma, AZ, 85365, US). See call-in information below.
  • Generation Transmission Line  Notice of Hearing 
  • Application for a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility  for the Orchard Renewable Power 230 kV Transmission Line Project
  • Generation Transmission Line Hearing Pre-Filing Transcript
  • Prehearing Conference – Arizona Power Plant and Transmission Line Siting Committee

CEC Line-Siting Hearing Dial-In + Video Link
If you would like to listen and/or participate in the Orchard Renewable Power Project’s CEC Line-Siting Hearing beginning January 30, but are unable to join in person, please refer to the call-in and video information below.

Watch the public CEC Line-Siting Hearing on the Orchard Renewable Power Project (no participation)

Topic: Orchard Solar CEC Hearing – Public Comment Period
Time: Jan 30, 2023 05:30 PM Arizona

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Meeting ID: 837 8226 0973
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Watch the Orchard Renewable Power Project CEC Line-Siting Hearing Public Comment Period
January 30 at 5:30 PM (no participation)

Invitation to Submit Public Comment

To submit a formal comment ahead of the CEC Line Siting Hearing, please direct an email to: orchardsolarcec@swca.com

Project FAQs

Thanks to exciting renewable energy adoption across the United States, most people are familiar with the benefits of solar power. But how it’s developed, constructed, and paired with other sources like green hydrogen is complex. We’ve compiled a few FAQs to help address your questions.

Talk to the team!

We’re working to introduce ourselves to local leaders, business owners, and residents. If you’d like to chat with us over the phone or schedule a time to meet with us in person, please contact a member of the Orchard Renewable Power Project team.