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Solar Communities Program

Residential homes with rooftop solar panels.

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Get a monthly bill credit with our Solar Communities Program
How does receiving about $600 a year off your energy bill for the next 20 years sound? Our APS Solar Communities program is a unique opportunity for limited-income and moderate-income customers, who may not have considered solar as an option, to help advance solar in Arizona. We'll take care of the installation and any maintenance, while you get the bill credit.

Eligibility

  • Single-family homes with:
    • A west, south or east-facing roof with little to no shade.
    • Roofs that are in structurally sound condition.
    • Roofs that accommodate a minimum of 8 solar panels.*

  • Homes with existing solar do not qualify.
  • Mobile homes do not qualify.
  • Manufactured homes need to meet “single-family” requirements and pass a review.
  • Townhomes and condominiums need to meet “single-family” requirements and the owner must own the roof space.

The Solar Communities program for residential customers

How it works:

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Apply


 
If you don't have a username and password, please register your APS account before submitting your application below.

After you answer a few pre-qualification questions, if you meet the basic eligibility requirements, you will be prompted to complete an application. Once income eligibility has been verified, you will be asked to sign an agreement.
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Income eligibility


 
Once your information has been verified, you'll be contacted to submit your income information to verify your income eligibility (customers currently enrolled in our Energy Support program will not need to re-verify their income) and then arrange an appointment to have an installer come to your home to conduct a site survey and roof inspection.
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Inspection


 

If your home passes the site survey and roof inspection, you will be contacted to schedule the installation of the solar system on your roof. After installation, it will be inspected by the local municipality.

We'll then do our own inspection to make sure the system is correctly connected to our grid, install a production meter to make sure the system is producing as it should, and turn it on.

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Bill credits


 

You will start to see a monthly bill credit of $49.99*

An update about your Solar Communities bill credit
The Solar Communities bill credit is reduced by one cent per month, from $50.00 to $49.99, effective with July 2022 billing periods. Supported and approved by the Arizona Corporation Commission, this change streamlines the administrative requirements of the program for customers. 


FAQs

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  • Single-family homes with:
    • A west, south or east-facing roof with little to no shade.
    • Roofs that are in structurally sound condition.
    • Roofs that accommodate a minimum of 8 solar panels.*

  • Homes with existing solar do not qualify.
  • Mobile homes do not qualify.
  • Manufactured homes need to meet “single-family” requirements and pass a review.
  • Townhomes and condominiums need to meet “single-family” requirements and the owner must own the roof space.

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A top Arizona-based rooftop solar system installer will install the solar panels on your home.

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The amount of time required for installation at each home will vary based on several factors, such as the layout of the roof and system design. Typical install is two to three business days.

You will need to be at the home during the initial inspection to provide the installer access to your attic, if necessary. During the installation of the system, the installer will require unrestricted access to the roof and any gated areas where rooftop solar system equipment may be placed.

The installer will contact you to schedule the initial site survey and roof inspection at a convenient time for you.

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To participate in the program, the home’s billing meter type must be an Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI).

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You will continue to be billed as you are today, but as an APS Solar Communities Program participant, you’ll receive a $49.99 monthly bill credit for 20 years, as long as you have the solar panels on your roof. If a particular monthly bill is less than $49.99 before that month's credit is applied, the unused credit will roll forward and credit your next month's bill. If you are enrolled in Budget Billing, the bill credit reduces the monthly cost of electricity used to calculate the payment over time. No additional credit is given for solar generated.

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The $49.99 credit will be applied to the customer's bill for the address where the rooftop solar system is installed. If the ownership of the home changes, through the sale of the home or otherwise, the subsequent homeowner(s) can elect to take your place in the agreement. If the subsequent homeowner(s) decline participation in the agreement, we will remove the rooftop solar system and the bill credit will end.

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One time during the program term, we will (at our cost) remove the system from your roof for up to 90 days if you need to repair or replace the roof. We will then reinstall the system.

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If you wish to be removed from the program, we require 90 days written notice, and we will work with you to schedule the removal of the system and equipment at no cost to you, and you will no longer receive the bill credit.

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The rooftop solar system will be owned by us, and we will own the power it produces.

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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 $49.99 bill credit while repairs or maintenance are completed on the system.

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We recommend that you work with your homeowners insurance provider to address any roof leaks or damage to your home. We will protect and hold you harmless from any damage to the property that results from the negligence in installing, operating, removing or maintaining the rooftop solar system.

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APS will pay property taxes relating to the rooftop solar system. Please consult with your tax advisor with any tax questions related to the $49.99 monthly credit for income tax purposes.

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We will provide insurance for the rooftop solar system. You must maintain homeowners insurance on the home while it has an APS-owned rooftop solar system installed on it. Any questions about your insurance premiums and coverage should be addressed with your insurance provider prior to the installation of the rooftop system.

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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 voided and unenforceable." We recommend you contact your HOA to advise them of the solar system being installed on your rooftop.

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Please call the APS Solar Communities program line at 844-605-4340 or email apssolarcommunities@aps.com with any questions.

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The Solar Communities Program for non-residential customers
Our APS Solar Communities program is open to customers that serve the limited-income population including Title I schools, nonprofits and rural governments.
Eligibility
• Have enough outdoor space to accommodate a minimum 50kW or larger size system (about 20 parking spots)
• Communities with covered parking must be willing to remove at their cost any parking structures selected to install solar system(s) prior to construction
• Serve APS limited-income customers

How it works:

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To apply


 
To apply, have an authorized representative complete an application. Once your information has been verified and your property meets the requirements, you’ll be contacted by APS and a site walk will be scheduled with APS and the solar installer.
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Agreement


 
If your site passes site walk through and inspection, you will need to sign an agreement.
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Easement


 
Prior to construction beginning, we will need the owner of the land and/or the property to sign an easement for access of the solar installation.
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Permitting and Construction


 

After the site walk with a qualified AZ-based installer, the installer will begin designing the solar system for your property. Once the site plan has been approved by you, all necessary documents will be submitted to the local jurisdiction for permitting. Once the permit is approved, the customer agreement is signed, and the easement is signed and notarized, construction can begin.

When construction is complete, we'll then do our own inspection to verify the system is correctly connected to our grid, install a production meter and turn it on.

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Bill Credit


 

You will start seeing the bill credit on your monthly bill.

FAQs

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Nonprofits: any organization that has 501(c)(3) status in good standing for at least three years and whose primary mission is to serve the limited-income population.

Rural government: any state, local or tribal government entity in or serving a rural community, which includes Arizona incorporated cities and towns with populations of less than 150,000 (based on U.S. Census Bureau 2020 population data) not contiguous with or situated within a metro area (a city with a population of 750,000 or more and its contiguous and surrounding communities).

Title I schools: schools that serve not less than 40 percent of children who are from limited-income families, or not less than 40 percent of the children enrolled in the school are from such families.

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The bill credit will be valued by the size of your parking structure solar system ($2.5/kW). For example, a 50 kW system would be $125/monthly bill credit.

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No, you do not need to own the land. But the easement will require the landowner's participation and approval because they would be signing the easement.

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We have partnered with Arizona-based local installers.

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The installation of the system will include mounting of the parking shade structure, installation of additional conduit for power, communications and sensors, solar PV modules and LED lighting on the structure.

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Depending on the size of the project, the installation could take anywhere from three to six months, on average.

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The solar system will be owned by us, and we will own the power it produces.

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We will work with the installers to maintain the 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 bill credit while repairs or maintenance are completed on the system.

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Please email us at apssolarcommunities@aps.com or contact your APS community manager with any questions.

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The Solar Communities Program for multifamily communities

Our APS Solar Communities program is free and open to multifamily housing complexes that serve the limited-income population. The program provides a free solar-covered parking structure that will be owned and maintained by APS for 20 years.

Qualified multifamily housing complexes will receive a solar covered parking structure plus a bill credit.

Eligibility

Examples of housing complexes that meet the income requirements for this program include government-assisted housing, public housing and privately-owned complexes that serve the limited-income population.

• Have enough outdoor space to accomodate a minimum 50kW size system (about 20 parking spots)
• Not have existing covered parking on-site
• At least 50% of tenants must meet the income requirements for this program
• Other restrictions may apply

How it works:

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To apply


 
To apply, have an authorized representative/owner of the multifamily complex complete an application (tenants should not complete an application)
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Inspection


 
Once your information has been verified and your property meets the requirements, you’ll be contacted by APS and a site walk will be scheduled with APS and the solar installer.
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Agreement


 
If your site passes site walk through and inspection, you will need to sign an agreement.
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Easement


 
Prior to construction beginning, we will need the owner of the land and/or the property to sign an easement for access of the solar installation
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Construction


 

After the site walk with a qualified AZ-based installer, the installer will begin designing the solar system for your property. Once the site plan has been approved by you, all necessary documents will be submitted to the local jurisdiction for permitting. Once the permit is approved, the customer agreement is signed, and the easement is signed and notarized, construction can begin.

When construction is complete, we'll then do our own inspection to verify the system is correctly connected to our grid, install a production meter and turn it on.

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Bill credit


 

You will start seeing the bill credit on your next monthly bill.

FAQs

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Already having an existing solar system on the premises will not automatically exclude you from the program, but it may impact site selection.

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Yes, there is an easement requirement to participate in the program.

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No, you don't need to own the land, but the easement will require the landowner's participation and approval because they will be signing the easement.

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Individually metered communities receive a $1,000 annual bill credit while the tenants of that community receive a $15 monthly bill credit as a resident of the complex.

Master-metered communities receive a bill credit based on the solar carport system size ($2.5/kW). For example, a 50kW system would be $125/monthly bill credit. 
 

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We have partnered with Arizona-based local installers.

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The installation of the system will include mounting of the parking shade structure, installation of additional conduit for power, communications and sensors, solar PV modules and LED lighting on the structure.

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Depending on the size of the project, the installation could take anywhere from three to six months on average.

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You will continue to be billed as you are today, but as an APS Solar Communities program participant, you'll receive an annual $1,000 bill credit on your electric bill for 20 years, as long as you have the solar structure on your property.

Additionally, all tenants that live in the complex will receive a $15 monthly bill credit for 20 years, as long as the structure is on the property and they continue to live in the complex. No additional credit is given for solar generated.

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The solar system will be owned by us and we will own the power it produces.

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We will work with the installer to maintain the 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 bill credit while repairs or maintenance are completed on the system.

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Please email us at apssolarcommunities@aps.com or contact your APS community manager with any questions.

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