Solar Partner Program
Please note, our Solar Partner program is full at this time and no longer taking applications.
FAQs for Participating Customers
You will continue to be billed as you are today, but as one of our Solar Partners, you'll receive a $30 credit on your bill each month for the life of the program. If a particular monthly bill is less than $30 before that month's credit is applied, the unused credit will roll forward and credit the next monthly bill.
If the ownership of the home changes through a sale or otherwise, the subsequent homeowner(s) can elect to take the current homeowner(s) place in the agreement. If the subsequent homeowner(s) decline participation in the agreement, we will remove the residential rooftop solar system at no cost to the homeowner.
Once during the Solar Partner Program term, we will (at our cost) remove the system from the roof for up to 90 days and then reinstall the system if the homeowner(s) needs to repair or replace the roof.
We anticipate very few customers would want to have the rooftop solar system, and the monthly savings, removed before the 20-year program term ends. If you wish to be removed from the program, we simply ask for 90 days written notice, and we will work with you to schedule the removal of the system and equipment at no cost to you.
Our Solar Partner Program gives you a $30 bill credit every month, all year long for 20 years, guaranteed. With a lease, you have two bills, one from your leasing company to cover the cost of financing the system and its maintenance, and one from APS to provide electricity when your leased rooftop solar system can't power your home (at night, high usage times or when you need an in-rush of energy to cycle on your air conditioner or certain appliances). With a lease, your potential savings are realized only if adding both of those bills together is less than what your cost would have been with APS alone. Many leases also have "escalators" that increase your lease payments by 2% or 3% each year for 20 years. For perspective, our residential rates have increased on average 1.2% annually for the past 25 years - well below the rate of inflation.
There are no credit score requirements or lease payments required to participate in our Solar Partner Program. Solar leasing companies typically require customers to have good credit scores in order to qualify for their programs. And keep in mind that if you move, the person buying your home may also have to qualify for the terms of your lease, or you may be required to buy out the remainder of the term depending on your contract.
The rooftop solar system will produce power for our use. It will constitute "Utility Property", as understood under Arizona law, and will remain our personal property.
We will work with the rooftop solar system installers to maintain the rooftop solar system during the term of the program. Any service issues will be appropriately addressed as they may arise. You will continue to receive the $30 monthly bill credit while repairs or maintenance are completed on the system.
We recommend that you work with your homeowner's insurance provider to address any roof leaks or damage to your home. We will protect and hold homeowner(s) harmless from any damage to property that results from our negligence in installing, operating, removing or maintaining the residential rooftop solar system.
We will pay any property taxes due relating to the rooftop solar system. You will be responsible for any income taxes that apply to you that are related to the $30 monthly credit. Although you will not be issued a 1099 tax form since the annual credit will be under $600, we do recommend you consult your tax advisor for any specific tax questions or concerns.
We will provide insurance for the residential rooftop solar system.
You must maintain homeowners insurance on the home while it has an APS-owned rooftop solar system installed on it. Every homeowners insurance policy is unique to the home. Any questions about your insurance premiums and coverage should be addressed with your insurance provider prior to installation of the residential rooftop solar system.
The "Arizona Solar Rights Law" (A.R.S. § 33-439) states that any HOA restriction that "...effectively prohibits the installation or use of a solar energy device...is void and unenforceable."