APS sets record in 2012 for solar power installation

April 4, 2013 by  
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Patrick O’Grady
Managing Editor- Phoenix Business Journal

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Arizona Public Service Co. set a record last year for the amount of solar power installed throughout its service territory, accounting for about 21 percent of the total installed across the state.

In a regulatory filing with the Arizona Corporation Commission, APS detailed out how it was meeting the state’s renewable energy standards that require it to get 15 percent of its power from renewable sources by 2025. And what the filing shows is a record year for the Phoenix utility.

“As the recent solar rankings indicate, Arizona is one of the top solar markets in the United States,” said Don Brandt, APS chairman and CEO in a statement. “Our solar portfolio is growing and makes Arizona a national leader in both solar innovation and the sheer amount of solar generation serving customers.”

APS reported adding 148 megawatts of solar production, or enough to serve about 35,000 customers. The utility expects to double that number this year. It will be helped when the 280-megawatt Solana Generating Station being built by Abengoa Solar in Gila Bend comes online.

Most of those installations, about 83 megawatts, was for rooftop solar on homes and businesses. Another 24 megawatts came from APS’ AZ Sun program, and a final 15 megawatts were power purchase agreements.

To fund those programs, APS reported collecting about $134 million on a monthly surcharge on each of its customers’ bills. It spent $111 million on the program, and is carrying over about $22.9 million.

APS spent about $83 million on incentives, with $72 million going to new and previous systems. It also spent $12 million on administration outreach and information, and another $16 million on solar that it owns.

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