APS plans to double solar power production in 2013

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Arizona Public Service Co. has announced plans to more than double its solar production in 2013, reaching more than 600 MW of solar power installed by the end of the year.

APS added 148 MW of solar power in 2012, a single-year record for the company. The power came from a variety of projects, including the AZ Sun program, power purchase agreements and customer-owned solar.

The company will purchase all of the electricity from the 250 MW Solana Generating Station, which will come online later this year. The facility is owned and operated by Abengoa Solar. APS will also bring two additional AZ Sun projects online in 2013, adding an additional 49 MW of solar power.

Last month, Gov. Jan Brewer announced Arizona is ranked second in the U.S. for solar installations, and first for utility-scale solar technology installed.

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