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Connecting with clean energy
Installing clean energy technologies like rooftop solar and batteries at your home or business are good for the environment and can reduce your energy bill. It’s also a big decision. There are many factors to consider before you make a choice and sign a contract. Learn more about your options, questions to ask and the connection process in the FAQ tab.

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It is important to know that access must be granted by the applicant in order to view your interconnection application.


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Service plans for customers with solar

Once you decide to have solar installed, you'll want a service plan that helps you get the most out of your system. We offer a choice of residential plans that will help you save or earn credit on your monthly bill.

Time-of-use plans with solar

Note: the Saver Choice plan has a grid access charge. View a comparison chart here.

How to save


With the Saver Choice time-of-use plans, you can save money by shifting energy use to lower-cost off-peak hours. Saver Choice Plus and Saver Choice Max are time-of-use plans with a demand charge that give you even more ways to save money.

Off-peak hours and holidays


Lower-cost off-peak hours:
  • Before 3 pm and after 8 pm, Monday–Friday
  • All day on weekends
  • 10 holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents Day, Cesar Chavez Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

Saver Choice


Looking to balance savings with convenience? This plan works best if you shift more of your energy use to lower cost off-peak hours.

Saver Choice Max


Take your savings to the max with this plan by shifting more of your energy use to off-peak hours and staggering the use of major appliances across on-peak hours.

Saver Choice Plus


Control how much you save with this plan by shifting more of your energy use to lower cost off-peak hours and staggering the use of major appliances across on-peak hours.

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Rate riders for your system

Once you choose the right plan for you, you will need to choose a rate rider for your system. This will make sure that you are getting money back for adding energy production to the grid.

RCP (Resource Comparison Proxy)

Eligibility for the RCP rate rider:
  • Electricity must be generated using on-site solar panels
  • Solar panels must be interconnected to our grid
  • Solar panels must be installed at the service address
  • Must have an AMI meter
  • System must not be larger than the following electrical service limits:
    • 200 Amp service, a maximum of 15 kW-dc
    • 400 Amp service, a maximum of 30 kW-dc
    • 600 Amp service, a maximum of 45 kW-dc
    • 800 Amp service and above, a maximum of 60 kW-dc
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EPR2

Eligibility for the EPR2 rate rider:
  • Must have a qualifying onsite generation such as solar power, wind power or others
  • Must have a generating nameplate capacity of 100 kW-ac or less
  • Must have an AMI meter
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Are you on a grandfathered solar plan?
If you are enrolled in a grandfathered solar plan (Net Metering), you can stay on that plan for up to 20 years (from your interconnection date). Or, if you have moved into a home that has rooftop solar and the former owner was enrolled in a grandfathered solar plan, you can remain on that plan for the duration of the 20 year contract (from the original interconnection date). To change plans, email us (legacyplanoptions@aps.com) and we will help you choose which plan can help you save money.
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We are committed to clean energy

Arizona is a beautiful place to live. Together, we can keep it that way. We’re committed to doing our part. Our clean energy plan will be guided by sound science and focused on achieving environmental and economic gains—all while maintaining affordable, reliable service for our customers.
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Your choice to choose green

For residents and businesses that want to make a commitment to cleaner energy, our Green Choice Program lets you select a percentage or set amount of energy you receive from renewable energy resources.

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Some things on your electric bill will stay the same, such as your monthly service charge and things like transmission and distribution charges to name a few.

Solar will only affect the kWh portion of your bill. Once your solar electric system is operational, you'll see kWh credits on your bill. Any excess kWhs will be applied to your bill based on your solar rate, either EPR-2 or Resource Comparison Proxy (RCP).

The kWh portion of your bill will be based on the readings from our bi-directional meter, also known as billable meter. The production meter (non-billable) installed on your home measures the overall generation of your solar electric system. The billable meter registers energy flowing from your solar electric system into your home and excess energy going to our grid. This is known as net billing.

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Budget Billing is a billing program that averages your energy use so you pay about the same each month. It is not compatible with the solar rate rider and net billing calculation.

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It depends on the solar rate you choose - RCP or EPR-2.

The RCP rate allows customers to receive a credit for excess energy sent to the grid. Any bill credit in excess of the customer's otherwise applicable monthly bill will be credited on the next monthly bill, or subsequent bills if necessary. After the customer's December bill, a customer may request a check for any outstanding credits from the prior year; however, if the outstanding credits exceed $25, we will automatically issue a check to the customer. Otherwise, the bill credits will carry forward to the following year.

And with the EPR-2 rate, known as net billing, you will receive a billing credit for excess kWh in the month the excess is generated. The credit will be deducted from your monthly bill.

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You’ll want to consider things like the size of the system, how much energy it will produce, how much money you’re likely to save, the age and condition of your roof, and whether to buy or lease. You may also want to contact tax professionals, your HOA, your insurance agent and a real estate professional. And remember to get quotes from three installers so you can compare.

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No, because we need 24-hour access to the new meter and utility disconnect. Production meters cannot be placed behind any type of gate or fence or be placed under a patio or any type of roof overhang or extension.

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On average, every 1,000 watts will produce 4 to 5 kWh, of electricity a day. If you have a 6 kW system, it would produce about 30 kWhs per day (6 kW x 5 kWh/day). In an average month, your system would generate approximately 900 kWhs (30 days x 30 kWhs/day). Your solar system's production information is available on aps.com. Go to "daily energy usage", "locate for service at" and change the drop-down to the address that has an asterisk. Then, you can download a spreadsheet for your records.

The amount of electricity your system produces is based on many factors. Some of these factors are: size of the system, orientation and tilt of the panels, and amount of sunlight hitting the panels. Some factors that limit the amount of sunlight reaching the panels are cloudy or overcast days, amount of dirt/dust on the panels, and shading from nearby trees, buildings, roof-mounted HVAC systems and chimneys.

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"Production" is the overall electricity generation of your solar system. "Credit" is the excess energy (kWh) produced by your solar system and sent to our grid. Any excess kWh is applied to your bill in the month generated.

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Yes, you will need to submit an application if you are changing the size of the inverter or adding an additional inverter.

For grandfathered systems, a customer may not increase the capacity of the grandfathered solar generation unit by more than a total of 10% or 1 kW, whichever is greater.

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Interconnection Documents and Requirements
APS provides support to customers installing equipment that connects with our grid, such as a solar system, a home battery or other type of generator. We want everything to go smoothly for you and your installer throughout the permitting and installation process. Please review our interconnection standards below — they protect your equipment and our electrical system, and keep everyone safe.

Assignment and Assumption of Contract

 

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Disclaimer

 

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Sample Executed Contract

 

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W-9 Form

 

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APS Electric Service Requirements Manual

 

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APS Interconnection Requirements

 

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Load Side Connection Requirements

 

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Supply Side Connection Requirements

 

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Applicant User Guide

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Authorization Form

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Commercial Interconnection Process Overview          (1 MWAC or more)

 

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Commercial Interconnection Process Overview (less than 1 MWAC)

 

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Distributed Energy Administration Plan (DEAP)

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Interconnection Agreement

 

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Interconnection Process Guide

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Non-Parallel Connection Agreement

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Assignment and Assumption of Contract Commercial

 

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Non-Incentive Commercial System Ownership Information Change Form

 

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Non-Residential ACH Form

 

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PBI Information Change Form

 

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Supplemental Dynamic Voltage VAR Response Testing Procedure Guidelines

 

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Typical Commercial Diagram (Load Side Tap)

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Commercial Diagram Requirements - Rotating Machinery

 

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Typical Commercial Diagram (Line Side)

 

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Typical Commercial Diagram (Load Side)

 

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Interconnection Agreement (Non-FERC sample)

 

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Non-FERC Interconnection Process Overview

 

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Non-FERC Interconnection Queue Policy

 

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APS ESS Metering and Isolation Concept Drawings

 

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APS PV Solar Metering and Isolation Concept Drawings

 

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Consumer Acknowledgement

 

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Diagram Checklist

 

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Example Equipment Tags

 

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Letter-in-Lieu of Electrical Clearance Form

 

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Plan Review & Installer Guidelines Checklist

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Single Phase 120-240V Fault Current AC Disco Guide

 

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Typical Wind Diagram

 

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Utility Disconnect Checklist

 

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200A Typical Residential Diagram for Load Side Connection

 

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400A Typical Residential Diagram for Load Side Connection

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240V Battery System Diagram

 

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400A Typical Residential Diagram for Load Side Tap

 

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Typical Residential Diagram for Supply Side Tap

 

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