News Release: Arizona Ranks First on List of Top 12 States for Solar Energy

August 19, 2013

PHOENIX – A report (Lighting the Way: What We Can Learn from America’s Top 12 Solar States) released this summer by the Environment America Research & Policy Center ranks Arizona No. 1 in the nation for solar energy development. With 167 watts of solar electricity capacity per resident, Arizona leads 2nd ranked Nevada (146 watts per resident) and 3rd ranked Hawaii (137 watts per resident) by a substantial margin.

Arizona has and always will be known for the sun. The state’s 167 watts per resident is nearly seven-times the national average. APS, the state’s largest and longest serving electric utility, has been the key driver of solar energy development in the state. Now, APS maps out a success story that is decades in the making, dating back to 1954 when APS’s then President, Henry Sargent, led the efforts to form the Association for Applied Solar Energy. This association helped to bring the first-ever world solar conference to the valley the following year in 1955.

“By the end of 2013, APS will have 750 megawatts of solar energy in its generation portfolio, adding to Arizona’s already top national ranking of solar energy capacity per resident,” says Barbara Lockwood, APS General Manager of Energy Innovation. “This commitment to solar energy development has been part of our corporate culture for half a century. The proof is in the numbers.”

View the full APS solar timeline.