Arizona is helping smaller solar companies get in the game

Phoenix Arizona Solar News – With an eye to helping stimulate job growth, Arizona is opening the solar bid process to small solar installation companies. It would be sweet if there were more public solar projects brought on by the economic stimulus package. Many thanks to the leaders in Washington and in particular to the president for their assistance in pointing this country back on a course of growth and new local jobs by using solar renewable energy. Read More –

APS Seeks Solar Installers for Small Solar Projects
Company Issues Request for Proposal

PHOENIX Arizona — With a goal of helping Arizona move toward a cleaner energy future, Arizona Public Service Co. has issued a request for proposal that seeks solar electric panel systems for five high-profile government and non-profit organizations. Each location, which requires its own individual proposal, will be fitted with a 10 to 30-kilowatt photovoltaic system.

While five locations have been identified, details of the submitted proposals will ultimately determine how many of the sites are selected to receive solar panels. If chosen, the non-profit entities and government-owned facilities will receive all the energy produced by their site’s solar system. APS will receive the renewable energy credits, which will go toward helping the company meet the requirements of the Arizona Corporation Commission’s Renewable Energy Standard.

Funding for the installations is expected from two sources. A majority will come from the Energy Office of the Arizona Department of Commerce’s Distributed Energy Leadership (Utilities) Program, which is funded with federal stimulus dollars (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009). The second solar funding source, pending ACC approval, is the APS Renewable Energy Incentive Program.

As part of the development process, solar installers must meet all reporting requirements of the Arizona Department of Commerce and all requirements related to the accounting and disbursement of federal funds pursuant to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

RFP solar bid submissions are due by noon (AZ time), Monday, September 27, 2010. Additional information, including the locations for the projects, is available online at

APS, Arizona’s largest and longest-serving electricity utility, serves more than 1.1 million customers in 11 of the state’s 15 counties. With headquarters in Phoenix, APS is the largest principal of Pinnacle West Capital Corp. This is all welcome solar news.