Solar Power Arizona

Solar Power Arizona
How To Get A Rebate for Going Solar In Arizona

Arizona is situated in the southwest region of United States. Arizona is the sixth largest state in area after New Mexico and before Nevada. Arizona is famous for its desert climate. Sun is very much humble to this state and people have sun for more 300 days per year. Arizona is very famous for its hot summers.

So climate and location of Arizona makes it the perfect place for harvesting solar energy. Solar energy is being utilized to the core in this part of the world. Here you can find world’s largest solar power plant which is going to be fully functional after the year 2010.

History of solar power Arizona

Solar energy is new to this part of the world. The first commercial power plant is situated at the year of 1997. It is governed by Arizona Public Service (APS) and it produced 96kW of power through solar energy.

In the year of 1999, around 8500 square foot of parking lot was covered by photovoltaic panels and it generates 93kW of solar power. The year 2001 was the biggest turnaround for the Arizona because APS collaborating with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University constructed a solar power plant which produced 190kW of solar energy. In 2002, another big solar project was constructed in Prescott which produced around 3 MW of solar energy.

Present scenario of solar power Arizona

Solar energy is become one of the most important part in Arizona’s people after the installation of various solar power projects in the state. Arizona Public Service has played an important role in the Arizona state in familiarizing solar energy to every household.

APS in collaboration with Abengoa Solar, going to install world’s largest solar power plant called Solana. This project will finish up in the year of 2011 and it will power up to 70,000 homes of Arizona. Solana power plant is located 70 miles southwest of Phoenix, near Gile Bend and will cover up 1 900 acres of land area.

This power plant uses the Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) technology for the production of electricity. This project will not only light up Arizona’s houses but also provide an excellent job opportunity for 1 500 people.

Rebates and incentives for Arizona’s people

Arizona is not installing various solar power projects but also creating awareness for solar energy benefits among its people by providing various power grants.

In the year of 2006, Arizona extended a tax credit for solar and wind power generation for commercial uses. Arizona provides no sales tax on solar panels. Lots of companies are giving some excellent opportunities for those who are willing to install a solar power system. Various power companies are ready to buy solar power from those who has installed a solar power system in their houses. So installing a solar power for homes in Arizona is becoming a profitable business nowadays.

Arizona taxpayers can claim a credit on their personal state income tax return for the installation of a solar energy device (eligible for passive and active solar energy) at their residence. The credit is 25% of the purchase and installation cost of the system, up to a maximum credit of $1,000 per residence.

To claim the tax credit, you need to complete Form 310, Credit for Solar Energy Devices, and attach it to your annual Arizona state income tax return. This form can be downloaded from the Arizona Department of Revenue website at

According to the Arizona Public Service (APS), customers who install a new solar photovoltaic system at their homes and tie to the APS grid can receive a one-time incentive payment of up to $3 per installed DC watt. Photovoltaic systems not tied to the grid may qualify for an incentive of up to $2 per installed DC watt.

Click here to find out how to apply for APS

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