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, power more than 200,000 Arizona homes.
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.”
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.