Solar Leadership

We can make Arizona the solar capital of America.

Generating solar energy may sound like something new, but for nearly 60 years, since helping bring the first ever world solar conference to Phoenix, APS has been finding ways to harness the power of the sun.

Now, with more solar per capita and more energy from large solar plants than any other state, Arizona is poised to become the solar capital of the country. We see a future in which solar power plays a big part in meeting Arizona’s energy needs and more APS customers choose to install solar rooftop panels on their homes and businesses.

APS is spending $1 billion on solar projects statewide. Solar projects span across Arizona, from the Grand Canyon to Chase Field to Flagstaff and to Yuma. These projects, together with rooftop solar, will be powering more than 185,000 homes by the end of 2013.

The future of energy is bright!

“APS is a leader in solar development in Arizona - providing opportunities for solar developers and installers, creating valuable jobs for the industry and helping to create a sustainable energy future for their customers.”

Solana Generating Station

Solana Generating Station

The desert sun is a powerful force, but did you know Arizonans can now use the sun’s energy at night? The Solana Generating Station, one of the largest plants of its kind, can store the sun’s energy for use up to six hours after dark, when APS customers need it the most. This game changer outside Gila Bend provides 70,000 APS customers with clean, renewable energy.

Discover more about Solana.

Solar Leadership Snapshot

Solar Leadership

FAQs

Q: What has APS done to show its commitment to solar energy in Arizona?
A: APS has helped make Arizona a national leader in solar development. Our company is spending nearly $1 billion on solar projects throughout the state. In 2012, APS added a record-breaking 148 megawatts of clean solar energy, which is enough electricity to serve more than 35,000 customers. We expect to more than double that number in 2013.

Q: How does APS compare to other utilities for solar installations?
A: APS ranked fourth among American electric utilities for the most solar megawatts added to its system in 2012.

Q: How is APS ahead of the state’s target for renewable energy generation?
A: By the end of 2015, APS will get about 12 percent of its electricity from renewable energy, which is more than double the state target of 5 percent. APS is on target to meet the mandate of 15 percent by 2025.

Q: What is the Solana Generating Station?
A: The Solana Generating Station, located outside of Gila Bend, is one of the largest thermal solar plants in the world. Solana uses technology that allows it to generate power after the sun goes down when APS customers need it most.  APS committed to buy 100 percent of the power output from Solana for 30 years, which helped make the plant a reality.

Videos

  • Time-lapse of solar energy added to the APS grid since 2000
    Time-lapse of solar energy added to the APS grid since 2000
  • APS and Gila Bend support solar
    APS and Gila Bend support solar
  • Solana Generating Station begins powering APS customers
    Solana Generating Station begins powering APS customers
  • New solar plant produces electricity even after sun goes down
    New solar plant produces electricity even after sun goes down
  • APS and Employees Stand for Solar
    APS and Employees Stand for Solar
  • APS and Sunnyslope Elementary support solar
    APS and Sunnyslope Elementary support solar
  • Thousands of classrooms in APS territory powered by the sun
    Thousands of classrooms in APS territory powered by the sun
  • APS is a solar leader
    APS is a solar leader
  • APS dedicates Foothills Solar Plant near Yuma, AZ
    APS dedicates Foothills Solar Plant near Yuma, AZ

Blog

APS Scores High in National Solar Utility Rankings

APS continues to rank as one of the nation’s leading utilities for solar energy in an annual report released by the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA).APS placed among the top five solar utilities in four categories, including our highest ranking in program history – third in the nation for solar ...

May 16, 2014
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2013: a record-breaking year for solar energy and APS

In 2013, APS added 410 megawatts of solar energy to its generation portfolio, making it a record-breaking year. 

January 24, 2014
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News Release: Four New Large-Scale Solar Energy Plants Open for Arizona

APS increases solar capacity for customers, adding approximately 410 megawatts in 2013

December 26, 2013
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New solar installations come on line from Yuma to Phoenix

As of this week, new solar power is energizing customers from the classroom, to the lap pool to the grocery aisle. Solar can now be spotted powering Yuma High Schools, a Fry’s Food Store and a Sun City recreation center.

November 08, 2013
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CBS 5 News profiles Solana Generating Station

Last night on CBS 5 News, Sean McLaughlin profiled the Solana Generating Station and explained the technology that makes it possible for a solar plant to generate electricity well into the night.

November 04, 2013
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