APS retains high national rankings among solar utilities

April 30, 2015

For the second consecutive year, APS ranked among the nation’s top five utilities in four separate categories of the Solar Electric Power Association’s annual Top 10 utility solar listings.

The company has been a steady fixture in upper half of the SEPA Top 10 since the trade association began ranking utilities in 2008. SEPA’s eighth-annual survey includes figures from more than 1,000 utilities across the country on new solar installed in 2014 and cumulative totals.

APS’s top five solar rankings in 2014 include:

  • 4th place for cumulative megawatts (MW) by an investor-owned utility with 805 MW, trailing only three California utilities
  • 4th place for annual interconnections (7,931) – up one spot from last year’s 5th-place ranking
  • 5th place for solar capacity per customer by an investor-owned utility (701 watts/customer)
  • 5th place for cumulative interconnections (31,806)
Statewide, Arizona claimed the No. 2 spot for overall annual solar growth in 2014, behind only California.

The most prominent addition to APS’s solar portfolio in 2014 was the Gila Bend Solar Plant, which began commercial operation in October. The plant’s capacity is 32 MW, enough energy to power 8,000 Arizona homes. Gila Bend is the second-largest of the seven solar facilities in the AZ Sun portfolio.

In 2015, APS expects to complete two more AZ Sun solar plants of 10 MW each. The plants will increase the program’s overall capacity to 170 MW, or enough energy to power more than 40,000 homes. The APS Solar Partner residential rooftop solar program will also get under way.

The full Top 10 listings are available on the SEPA website.