A Closer Look at Solar Energy in Arizona


Arizona Investment Council Weighs in on Net Metering

Gary Yaquinto, President & CEO of the Arizona Investment Council, says the current net metering system is unsustainable:
Net Metering in Arizona: Fair or Not Fair?

“It is silly to think Arizona’s utility companies want to kill solar.  Nobody is even remotely suggesting that Arizonans should not have the freedom to choose solar.  To the contrary, APS, SRP, Tucson Electric Power and other utilities have worked to make rooftop solar compatible with their systems. But, net metering compensation as it stands today is simply unsustainable.  It has to be changed.”


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.


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
Read the full press release.


Make Solar-Power Subsidies Beneficial for All Customers

B&W Shot of Panels in DesertToday’s rooftop solar subsidies place a greater and greater cost burden on customers who don’t have solar, says APS CEO Don Brandt in Saturday’s Arizona Republic. Working together, we can find a better, more sustainable solution for solar in Arizona.

“Our 50-plus years of experience with solar energy convinces us that, if everyone works together in good faith, we can find a solution that preserves rooftop solar as a cost-effective option for customers who want it; protects the interests of customers who do not or cannot install solar; and preserves a fair profit for rooftop solar installers who run their businesses well.” –  Don Brandt, APS Chairman & CEO