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We support Arizona schools, government agencies and nonprofits by helping them go solar. We also create partnerships with businesses all across the state and together, invest in solar projects which benefit all Arizonans and bring us closer to a sustainable energy future.

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aps solar partner program
The APS Solar Partner program is an innovative way for our customers to have rooftop solar installed on their homes at no cost to them. Our customers will benefit by receiving a monthly credit on their electricity bill, and we will be able to learn how to better integrate solar on to the grid while maintaining safe, reliable service. And, local solar installers will install the systems which keeps jobs and money in right here in Arizona.

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schools & government
Through the Schools and Government Program, over 300 schools in our service territory have been able to have solar systems installed on their campuses. These solar installations provide shade for playgrounds and parking lots, while giving students a chance to learn more about renewable energy in the classroom. And there’s a cost benefit as well; for example, the Washington Elementary School District has saved more than $18 million since 2008 due to its solar system, other energy efficiency efforts and grants. Of the over 300 schools in the program, 55 have solar systems that are APS-owned and operated.
 
Learn more about the solar production from each of our 55 owned and operated schools.

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flagstaff community power project
Through the Flagstaff Community Power Project, we partnered with the Department of Energy, more than 100 residents and a school, to help them go solar. Not only did the community benefit from the advantages of solar, but also from our ability to study how to maintain reliable service while adding a high concentrations of solar on to the electricity grid.

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asu installations

​Since 2004, we have partnered with Arizona State University on solar projects across the valley, creating innovative clean energy installations at three different campuses. The newest PowerParasol structures near Memorial Union and Gammage Auditorium are one such project. These innovative structures produce solar energy, provide shade by day and light after dark, and also serve an aesthetic purpose of beautifying the campus. Today, ASU has more solar capacity than any other higher education institution in the nation – enough to power more than 6,000 Arizona homes.

 


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aps sunspowered solar structure
Located on the Talking Stick Resort Arena garage, the APS SunsPowered Solar Structure produces enough energy each year to power 20 game days. We partnered with the Phoenix Suns and the City of Phoenix in August 2011 to install the structure which consists of 966 solar panels and covers approximately 17,000 square feet.

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aps solar pavilion
Located at Chase Field, the APS Solar Pavilion is the product of a partnership with the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Maricopa County Stadium District. The pavilion is a solar power plant, which also provides Diamondbacks fans much needed shade during our hot summers. The pavilion covers 17,280 square feet of the plaza area near the western entrances and ticket booths. Its 336 solar panels produce enough clean solar energy to power 10 Arizona homes for a year.​

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embry riddle aeronautical university
We have over a decade of history developing solar projects in Prescott. The first of which was a 184-kilowatt system built in conjunction with Embry Riddle Aeronautical University-one of the world’s largest, fully accredited aviation and aerospace universities.
 

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yuma west wetlands solar garden
In 2005, we funded a solar garden at Yuma West Wetlands park that also serves as an educational tool that demonstrates how we harness solar energy. The solar system generates 3.6 kilowatts – enough to power 20 homes every day. The panels are able to track the sun and rotate to get longer exposure to direct sunlight, which produces 30 percent more energy than if they were stationary.

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grand canyon visitor center
In May of 2009, we worked with Grand Canyon National Park to install a solar system at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center. The 18-kilowatt system offsets 30 percent of the power used in the building – saving more than a normal household would consume in a day and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 20 tons per year.

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prescott airport
We worked with Prescott Airport to construct a 2.8-megawatt solar plant just north of the airport over a four year period between 2002 and 2006. The site consists of 22 individual solar arrays that were used for research and development at the time.

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gilbert nature center
We worked with private and public organizations to invest in a $10 million solar plant in Gilbert. The plant generates approximately 40 percent of the electricity needed to operate the nearby water reclamation plant.

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aps buildings
One of the best ways we can continue to expand the use of sustainable solar technology is to utilize solar at our own buildings. 
 
  • The Don Robinson Building: Located at our Phoenix Customer Care Center, this building features a solar panel shade structure that produces an annual average of 26 kilowatts – enough to power three homes a year
  • Flagstaff Service Center: This service  center is our oldest working solar system – a 95-kilowatt system generating clean solar energy since 1997
  • Palo Verde Energy Education Center: The 31-kilowatt solar system at the Palo Verde Energy Education Center has a dual purpose – it also functions as covered parking for employees and visitors
  • STAR: Located at our Ocotillo Power Plant, this 187-kilowatt system consists of three solar structures
  • Yucca Power Plant: Since 2002, Yucca Power Plant has operated a 97-kilowatt solar system

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installations through grants

Through APS incentives and federal grants, we’ve installed solar systems at the following locations:

  • The Arizona Science Center
  • Yuma Civic Center
  • Surprise Library
  • Tempe Beach Park
     

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additional solar partnerships
  • Scottsdale Water Campus: Built in 2002, this 210-kilowatt single-axis tracking photovoltaic solar system was installed on top of two large water tanks, which is otherwise unusable space.
  • Scottsdale Covered Parking: This 77-kilowatt structure, built on City of Scottsdale property has been operational since 2001.
  • ADEQ Parking Structure: This 84-kilowatt photovoltaic solar system has been used as covered parking in ADEQ’s downtown office complex since June of 2003.