Arizona Public Svc. to build solar
Feb 14, 2008 - Associated Press
Arizona Public Service Co. said Thursday it will
build a solar-power plant with enough capacity to
serve 70,000 customers.
The 280 megawatt Solana Generating Station would
be the largest solar-power facility in the world if
operational today, the company said.
Arizona Public Service commissioned Abengoa Solar
Inc. to build the plant near Gila Bend, Ariz., 70
miles southwest of Phoenix. Arizona Public Service,
a renewable energy provider, expects the plant to
be operational by 2011.
Arizona Public Service estimates the value of produced
energy to be about $4 billion over 30 years and said
it will bring more than $1 billion worth of economic
benefits to the state of Arizona. Solana will create
about 1,500 construction jobs and employ about 85
skilled technicians when operational, the company
Solana will produce and store solar power during
the day, then deliver that energy during periods of
peak demand. Arizona Public Service will purchase
all of the plant's output, pending approval from the
Arizona Corporation Commission.
Pinnacle West Capital Corp. is the parent company
of Arizona Public Service.
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