APS adds to solar leadership in Arizona
Thursday, Apr 04, 2013
An APS filing at the Arizona Corporation Commission underscores the company’s essential role in making Arizona one of the top solar energy markets in the nation.
“APS will have more than 600 MW of solar on the system by the end of 2013, generating enough electricity to serve 150,000 customers”
Governor Jan Brewer announced last month that according to the 2012 U.S. Solar Market Insight Report from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), Arizona now ranks second nationally for solar installations, and the state topped the list with the most utility-scale solar technology installed.
APS, in 2012, added 148 megawatts (MW), a single-year record for the company and enough electricity to serve more than 35,000 customers. In 2013, APS expects to more than double this number.
“APS will have more than 600 MW of solar on the system by the end of 2013, generating enough electricity to serve 150,000 customers,” said Don Brandt, APS Chairman and CEO. “This puts us well on pace to meet the Arizona Renewable Energy Standard, which calls for APS to get 15 percent of our power from renewable sources by 2025.”
Brandt noted that the company’s investment in solar is helping to stimulate the competitive solar industry in Arizona. “By 2015, 83 percent of the company’s renewable energy portfolio will be third-party owned.
But more importantly, 100 percent of APS solar facilities are built by competitive solar developers, with more to come.”
“SunEdison welcomes the opportunity to work with a forward-thinking utility like APS,” said Tim Derrick, President and General Manager of SunEdison North America. “Providing renewable energy using Arizona’s most abundant resource – the sun – makes economic sense, and we share in APS’s commitment to keep Arizona as one of the top solar energy markets in the United States."
Later this year, the 250-MW Solana Generating Station will come online. Solana is owned and operated by Abengoa Solar. APS will purchase 100 percent of the power from Solana for the next 30 years. In addition, in 2013 APS will see more distributed energy and bring two additional AZ Sun Projects online (the 35-MW Foothills Solar Power Plant built by AMEC and the 14-MW Hyder II Solar Power Plant built by McCarthy Building Companies).
Source: Business Wire