Toward the end of 2010, Arizona Public Service (APS) ran out of funds for its residential solar rebate program. In what's become a common problem for state- and utility-sponsored solar incentive programs across the country, there were simply too many homeowners interested in solar power and too few rebate dollars to go around.
Arizona Public Service (APS), an electricity utility that serves 1.1 million customers in 11 of Arizona's 15 counties, recently received three awards from two different noteworthy clean energy organizations for its efforts to promote renewable energy solutions and educate its customers on the benefits of clean energy. On October 14 in Los Angeles, at Solar Power International (SPI), the Solar Energy Power Association (SEPA) presented APS with the Utility Innovation in Solar Power Design award and Utility Community Outreach and Public Awareness award.
Arizona is at it again. A state that accounts for well over half of all of the solar manufacturing facilities in the United States now has a plan to build one of the country's largest solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants within its borders.
We all know there's no such thing as a free lunch. But if Arizona Public Service Co. (APS) gets its way, there may be such a thing as free solar panels. Arizona's largest electricity utility is working on plans to offer 200 Flagstaff customers a discounted electric rate, over time, in exchange for installing free photovoltaic (PV) panels on their roofs.