The Arizona Public Service Company (APS), Arizona's largest electric utility, is moving towards a goal of generating 100 megawatts of solar power by 2014.
Through its AZ Sun Program, APS currently has five plants in the works and plans to add at least one more to reach its goal. The latest solar facility addition will be designed and constructed by Arizona's largest solar manufacturer First Solar Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR).
Located in Gilla Bend, AZ the Paloma Solar Plant will be comprised of 300,000 thin-film photovoltaic panels with a combined generating capacity of 17 megawatts. With this announcement, APS now has commitments for a combined 83 megawatts of solar power capacity.
“Through the AZ Sun program, we have been able to move quickly to begin building new solar power plants to complement our other generating resources. We expect these plants to provide clean, reliable energy to our customers for at least the next 30 years,” said Don Robinson, APS president and chief operating officer.
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