APS, AMEC announce completion of first phase of Arizona solar power project

Foothills Solar Power Project Arizona Public Service AMEC

Arizona Public Service Co. and AMEC, an engineering and project management company, announced Monday the first phase of the 35 MW Foothills Solar Power Plant has been completed. The project is the fifth AZ Sun facility for APS and the first solar project built on Arizona State Trust Land.

The 35 MW station is being built in two phases, with 17 MW brought online with the completion of the first phase. The second phase is scheduled to begin operation by the end of 2013.

The project, located on 400 acres in Yuma County, was built by AMEC, an Atlanta-based company. The plant is part of the AZ Sun Program, which was approved by the Arizona Corporation Commission and allows APS to finance and own solar photovoltaic plants across the state.

APS will have almost 700 MW of solar power in the company’s portfolio by the end of 2013, according to APS Chairman and CEO Don Brandt.

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