APS surpasses 1 GW of installed solar, joins Energy Imbalance Market


Yesterday, Arizona Public Service (APS) announced that it has become the first utility outside of California to reach 1 GW of solar energy capacity, counting both direct ownership and projects with which it holds power contracts.

This includes 499 MW of utility-scale projects and 551 MW of rooftop PV, representing an investment of roughly $2 billion. Through the company’s AZ Sun program, APS owns and operates nine PV projects across Arizona totaling 170 MW, which were built by independent solar developers and contractors, as well as another 10 MW of rooftop PV.

The remainder of the 1 GW comes from projects across Arizona with long-term contracts to sell power to APS, including distributed rooftop solar owned by SolarCity and other third-party developers…

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