It's National Clean Energy Week, Sept. 25-29, and Arizona Public Service (APS) is making steady progress on the path to powering homes and businesses with electricity that is 100% clean and carbon-free.
This summer, APS flipped the switch on its largest solar power plant. The Agave Solar Plant, southwest of Phoenix, is providing 150 megawatts of capacity to the APS electric system. That’s enough power for 24,000 homes.
“With 400,000 panels tracking the sun across the sky, soaking it up and converting it into electricity for customers, Agave Solar Plant is a new resource in our energy mix. Combined with other renewables and Palo Verde Generating Station, the largest nuclear plant and clean energy resource in the country, APS is already more than 50% clean today,” said APS President Ted Geisler. “Most importantly, we are transitioning to 100% clean in a manner that prioritizes reliability and affordability, maintaining a balanced energy supply to ensure customers have the power when they need it most.”
Here are other highlights on APS’s path to a reliable, affordable and clean energy future for Arizona:
·Generating clean energy for nearly four decades. Palo Verde Generating Station is the nation’s largest single source of electricity of any kind. Palo Verde generates 100% clean, carbon-free electricity 24 hours a day, seven days a week, powering four million homes and businesses in the desert Southwest. It is the cornerstone of APS’s Clean Energy Commitment.
·Delivering solar after sunset. Solar-generated electricity can be stored and then released to serve customers on cloudy days and at night, when the sun isn’t shining. Energy storage is part of APS’s "all of the above" approach to generation resources, helping ensure reliability during the record-setting heat wave in July. Nine new energy storage projects are providing about 200 megawatts of power, enough to serve 32,000 Arizona homes for three to four hours.
·Helping Arizona businesses go green. To support Arizona’s business community, APS’s new Green Power Partners program provides businesses with special options to reach their sustainability goals and transition to 100% clean operations, positively impacting the environment through renewable energy options.
·Creating virtual power plants. Innovative programs like APS Cool Rewards provide customers with the opportunity to partner with APS to save money, protect the environment and strengthen the electric grid. Customers earn bill credits by voluntarily conserving energy on Arizona’s hottest summer days. With more than 58,000 customers (and 80,000 smart thermostats) in the Cool Rewards community, this program acts like a virtual power plant to reduce electric demand by more than 130 megawatts of electricity - an equivalent amount to what a small power plant might produce.
APS serves approximately 1.4 million homes and businesses in 11 of Arizona’s 15 counties, and is a leader in delivering affordable, clean and reliable energy in the Southwest. The company is committed to serving customers with 100% clean power by 2050. As owner and operator of Palo Verde Generating Station, the nation’s largest producer of carbon-free electricity, and with one of the country’s most substantial renewable energy portfolios, APS’s current energy mix is 51% clean. With headquarters in Phoenix, APS is the principal subsidiary of Pinnacle West Capital Corp. (NYSE: PNW).