A Closer Look at Solar Energy in Arizona


APS Ranked One of the Nation’s Top 10 Solar Utilities

Solar Panels Under the Desert SunArizona Public Service ranks fourth among American electric utilities for the most solar megawatts added to its system in 2012. This annual ranking is part of the Solar Electric Power Association’s (SEPA) Utility Solar Rankings report, which identifies national leaders in solar energy development.

With two utilities in the national top ten, Arizona is a clear leader in the development of solar power. This accomplishment would not be possible without strong leadership from Governor Jan Brewer, the members of the Arizona Corporation Commission, and the many local leaders throughout our state who are encouraging new solar projects in their communities. – Don Brandt, APS Chairman and CEO

Read the full press release.

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APS Dedicates Foothills Solar Power Plant in Yuma

This week Arizona Public Service Co. and AMEC, an international engineering and project management company, announced the completion of the first 17 megawatts (MW) of the Foothills Solar Power Plant – the fifth APS AZ Sun facility and the first ever solar project to be built on Arizona State Trust Land.

“Arizona now ranks second in the country in solar megawatts installed, and APS is a big part of making Arizona a national leader in solar development. In fact, by the end of this year APS will have almost 700 MW of solar energy in our generation portfolio – enough electricity to serve 175,000 Arizona homes.” – Don Brandt, APS Chairman and CEO
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Governor Brewer: Arizona Now the Nation’s 2nd-Largest Solar Market

First Solar Panel Installed at Foothills PlantArizona now ranks second nationally in solar installations and first in utility-scale solar projects.

“One thing is for sure: Arizona has earned its title as our nation’s ‘Solar Capital. Thanks to our pro-business policies, year-round sunshine and highly-trained workforce, Arizona continues to climb as a national and global leader in solar manufacturing and technology. Today’s report is cause for celebration.” – Arizona Governor Jan Brewer

APS is doing its part, adding a record amount of solar to our portfolio in 2012. We expect to top that in 2013.

Read the full press release from the governor.