APS Solar Partner Program earns industry award

February 01, 2017

The APS Solar Partner Program received a prominent industry award Tuesday for its research into integrating private rooftop solar onto the grid while maintaining reliability for customers.

The editors of POWERGRID International magazine honored the Solar Partner Program as the 2017 Project of the Year for Renewables Integration at the annual DistribuTECH Conference & Exhibition. POWERGRID International offers expert coverage of the electric transmission and distribution industry for more than 40,000 T&D professionals.

Update: The 2017 POWERGRID International and DistribuTECH Projects of the Year are featured in the magazine's March issue.

APS is collaborating with the Electric Power Research Institute to assess how various distributed technologies, such as smart inverters and battery energy storage, impact energy flowing between solar-equipped homes and the grid. These and other technologies have the potential to give customers more choice and control over their energy use.

Through the Solar Partner Program, about 1,600 customers have added APS-owned rooftop solar to their homes and receive a $30 credit each month through the life of the 20-year program. Participants pay no upfront fees or maintenance.

The program is drawing widespread interest from utilities, regulators, other energy stakeholders and media. 

News release (Jan. 31, 2017): POWERGRID International names Project of the Year Award winners

Other Solar Partner Program articles:
Greentech Media (July 13, 2016): How Arizona's biggest utility is modeling the customer of the future in its 'Rate Design Laboratory'
Greentech Media (Aug. 19, 2016): Smart inverters in action: Initial findings from APS' utility-owned solar program