In new rankings released by the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA),
APS placed among the top 5 solar utilities in four categories. Most
notably, APS received its highest ranking in program history - third in
the nation for solar installed last year, thanks in large part to an
innovative new solar facility that can produce power in the dark.
APS's top 5 rankings include:
In 2013, APS supported the development of 410 MW of new solar. This is
nearly triple the 148 MW added to its renewable portfolio in 2012. The
continued growth of solar power is consistent with a long-range forecast
released earlier this month by APS, which estimates that the amount of
renewable energy in the APS energy mix will double over the next 15
The 410 MW added last year includes large scale solar power plants owned
by APS, power purchased from independent solar power producers, and
customer installations. Last year, APS customers installed 91 MW of
solar power to their homes and businesses, helping APS achieve such a
high national ranking.
But the biggest addition to APS's solar portfolio came from the Solana
Generating Station. At 250 MW, Solana produces enough solar electricity
to power 70,000 Arizona homes. Solana is unique among solar
installations because it has the capability to store energy and produce
power even when the sun isn't shining. It's solar power in the dark.
"Solana is a game-changer for our solar portfolio," said Tammy
McLeod, APS Vice President of Resource Management. "Having the
ability to store the power of the sun and use it when our customers need
it most - in the evening after sunset - is incredibly valuable. It
provides flexibility we don't typically see with solar energy."
Utilities ranking in this
year's SEPA top 10 accounted for 82 percent of all capacity
integrated in 2013, up from 73 percent in 2012.
"We are thrilled to see milestones surpassed and barriers broken from
coast to coast," said Julia Hamm, president and CEO of SEPA. "It's truly
inspiring to see utility partners and their consumer communities rally
around implementing solar programs that are changing the nature of our
national energy portfolio."
The top 10 solar utilities in the category of Annual Megawatts
The top 10 solar utilities in the category of Solar Watts-Per-Customer
SEPA's full report will be released in May 2014. Complete rankings can
be found at sepatop10.org.
Note: Due to the timing of the report, additional capacity not captured
in the SEPA survey was included in APS's total installed solar in 2013.
This additional capacity would have no impact on the ranking.
SEPA is an educational non-profit organization based in Washington
dedicated to helping utilities integrate solar power into their energy
portfolios. The SEPA Top 10 Utility Solar Rankings report is one of many
market intelligence, utility interaction and educational services SEPA
provides to its utility and solar industry members. For more information
about SEPA, visit our website at www.solarelectricpower.org
Arizona's largest and longest-serving electricity utility, serves nearly
1.2 million customers in 11 of the state's 15 counties. With
headquarters in Phoenix, APS is the principal subsidiary of Pinnacle
West Capital Corp. (NYSE: PNW).
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