Arizona City Puts Solar Panels on Water Tanks

Residents of Scottsdale now can receive solar energy from the city’s water campus.

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona – May 24, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] APS has constructed a solar electric power plant at the Scottsdale Water Campus, which will feed 300 kW of solar energy – enough to provide for the electrical needs of up to 100 homes – to the electric grid. “The Scottsdale Water Campus offers a vital service to those who live in Scottsdale,” said Jim Clune, Manager of the Scottsdale Water Campus. “By partnering with APS to utilize the space atop these water storage tanks – which otherwise would go unused – for this solar facility, we are continuing to serve the people of Scottsdale while encouraging the further development of this renewable resource.” Construction of the facility began in January and was completed this month. It features technology that tracks the sun’s movement for maximum efficiency. This station is the latest in a long line of APS and Scottsdale solar partnerships. Other APS installations in Scottsdale include: a 41 kW system (currently being expanded to 80 kW) atop the parking structure at the City of Scottsdale’s service yard; a 2 kW system at the Scottsdale Civic Center Library and a 2 kW system at the Mustang Library. “We are extremely proud of our relationship with the City of Scottsdale,” said Peter Johnston, Manager of Technology Development for APS. “It’s one that has been positive for both parties, but more importantly, it is the residents of Scottsdale who will benefit most from these solar installations.” Electricity generated by the plant will feed directly into the electrical grid system that serves APS customers. It is financed in part by APS and participating customers who, as APS Solar Partners, pay US$2.64 per month to have 15 kW hours of their electricity needs generated by solar power. As part of its Solar Partners program, APS plans to have 3 MW of solar capacity installed by the end of 2003. APS, Arizona’s largest and longest-serving electricity utility, serves more than 874,000 customers in 11 of the state’s 15 counties. With headquarters in Phoenix, APS is the largest subsidiary of Pinnacle West Capital Corp.
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