Local Veterans Give Back, Help Generate Solar Power for Arizona

APS program connects qualifying customers with solar technologies, monthly bill credits


PHOENIX – This Solar Appreciation Day (March 10), local military veterans from the historic American Legion Post 41 in south Phoenix, are serving Arizona in a new way. With a recently constructed solar parking structure, Post 41 is harnessing the sun’s rays to help power the state with clean solar energy.


Since 1945, Post 41 has served veterans and community members with important social services and assistance programs. To add to its long legacy of giving back to the community, Post 41 continues to make a positive impact by participating in APS Solar Communities. Through the program, Post 41’s solar parking structure can generate enough clean electricity to power about 70 homes. In turn, Post 41 earns monthly bill credits for its participation and now has shaded parking for veterans.


“We’re extremely proud to give back to our state and participate in the Solar Communities program,” said Dr. Loui Olivas, Post 41 Sr. Vice Commander. “Post 41 is important to our comunidad. We are a part of Arizona’s history and strive to support our veterans. Now, we are giving back to our state in a different way and helping to protect our environment.”


APS Solar Communities connects residential customers with limited-to-moderate incomes and non-profits, schools and government organizations with rooftop solar technologies at no cost. APS covers installation and maintenance expenses, while participants earn bill credits for helping advance clean energy in the state.


“Solar Communities participants are our partners. Together, we work to provide solar power generated right here in Arizona back to the APS grid,” said Kerri Carnes, APS Director of Customer Technology. “This program is making an impact and empowering the communities we serve to help produce reliable, clean and affordable power for all of us.”


The program is accepting applications until the end of 2023. Visit aps.com/SolarCommunities to learn more. 

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APS serves more than 1.3 million homes and businesses in 11 of Arizona’s 15 counties, and is a leader in delivering affordable, clean and reliable energy in the Southwest. The company is committed to serving customers with 100% clean power by 2050. As owner and operator of Palo Verde Generating Station, the nation’s largest producer of carbon-free electricity, and with one of the country’s most substantial renewable energy portfolios, APS’s current energy mix is 50% clean. With headquarters in Phoenix, APS is the principal subsidiary of Pinnacle West Capital Corp. (NYSE: PNW).

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