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Arizona Public Svc. to build solar plant

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 said.

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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