17 MW AZ Sun PV facility dedicated

Overall, the entire Foothills Solar Power Plant is scheduled to be operational by the end of the year. It is said to be the first solar project to be built on Arizona State Trust Land. Up to 8,750 residents are expected to benefit from the generated energy.

While AMEC undertook engineering and project management activities, the plant is owned by Arizona-based electricity utility, APS. Under its AZ Sun Program, the utility has brought 86 MW of photovoltaic plants online, and is developing a further 64 MW.

The most recent project to be announced by APS is a 34 MW photovoltaic facility, currently being developed by Black & Veatch. It is expected to be online by next June.

"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," stated APS chairman and CEO. Don Brandt. "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."