Regional utility company Arizona Public Service has issued a request for proposal to solar developers and installers to build a 17MW photovoltaic power plant, using commercially proven technology, which will be financed by APS through the company’s AZ Sun Program. When completed in 2013, the new plant will be owned and operated by APS and is expected to provide electricity to more than 4,000 Arizona homes.
The goal of the AZ Sun effort is to invest in the development of 100MW of PV power plants across Arizona. The utility is partnering with third-party developers and equipment providers to design and construct the facilities, increasing the opportunity for more developers to participate since project financing is provided by APS.
The AZ Sun Program was approved by the Arizona Corporation Commission in 2010. The four-year program is expected to have at least six solar facilities online by 2014 and create more than 1,000 construction jobs.
Interested parties are encouraged to participate in a bidder’s webinar on October 12. Additional information about the webinar and the RFP is available online.