Taking the podium at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, Arizona Public Service President and Chief Operating Officer Don Robinson said the giant solar plant will produce enough electricity to power more than 73,000 APS customer homes.
The event at ASU was the final stop on the utility's first solar tour of Arizona, staged to bring the message that APS is on the way to providing more solar electricity per customer than any other U.S. utility.
"It's always special to hit the road and get to meet the people in our state who are so committed to a better, sunnier, greener and cleaner Arizona," said Robinson, "We share a common passion for renewable energy here at APS."
Robinson said the utility wants to help make sunny Arizona the "solar capital of the world."
Scheduled for completion in 2013, the new solar power plant, dubbed Starwood Solar I, will be owned by an affiliate of Starwood Energy Group Global. All the electricity generated by the facility will be provided to Arizona Public Service through a long-term purchase power agreement.
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