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Did You Know?

Did you know that coal is still being used to generate much of your electricity? APS has two coal plants (Four Corners Power Plant, near Farmington, New Mexico, and Cholla Power Plant, west of Holbrook, Arizona) and is required to file annual Toxic Release reports as part of EPA's Community Right-To-Know program. Toxins are measured in thousands of pounds per year, some of which are released to water.

APS is supporting the adoption of clean, renewable energy sources in Arizona by offering financial incentives to customers (residential and commercial) who install qualified solar systems, such as photovoltaic roofing materials.

How Does It Work?

Photovoltaic is the phenomenon of converting light to electric power.
Photo = light, Volt = electricity.

Photovoltaic devices generate electricity directly from sunlight via an electronic process that occurs naturally in certain types of material. Electrons in certain types of crystals are freed by solar energy and can be induced to travel through an electrical circuit, powering any type of electronic device or load. PV devices can be used to power small devices (e.g., road signs and calculators), homes, or even large stores or businesses. Several incentives are in place to encourage consumers to invest in renewable energy sources.

How Much Does It Cost?

Generally, the cost is roughly $3.50 per installed DC watt. One thousand watts, or 1 kW, will produce about 1650 kWh per year. So you can divide your annual kWh use by 1650 to see how many kW you will need to cover your bill.

Yuma Solar offers 12 months same-as-cash financing, as well as long-term low rate financing for qualified residential customers. Residential leasing is another option for qualified customers who cannot use federal and state tax credits.

This Solar Estimator will provide general calculations of the cost for your solar system.

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Energy Efficiency Recommendations

Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs (not for dimmers).
Use motion sensor porch light.
Install double-pane windows.
Be sure to have adequate ceiling insulation.
Buy UV screens for windows.
Use power strips for remote control devices.
Unplug cell phone chargers when not in use.
Clean dryer lint trap.
Change air conditioning filter often.
Replace old refrigerator or freezer with Energy Star appliances.

Incentives

Arizona Public Service Solar Partner® Incentive Program
Applies To: Residential and Commercial customers of APS.
System Type: All photovoltaic systems
Residential: $0.00 per Watt-DC for grid-tied systems (subject to change)
Commercial: Ranking calculated on incentive bids for grid-tied systems up to maximum incentive of $75,000. Larger system qualify for Production Based Incentives (PBI).

Federal and State Rebates
Residential taxpayers can receive a Federal tax credit of 30% of the cost for purchasing and installing a photovoltaic system. The credit is applied directly to your Federal tax as opposed to simply being tax-deductible. Unused credit may be carried forward. (For residential taxpayers, see IRS Form 5695.)

Commercial taxpayers can receive a Federal tax credit of 30% of the cost for purchasing and installing a photovoltaic system. Commercial customers may also take accelerated depreciation. The 30% Federal tax credit is extended through 2016. (For commercial taxpayers, see IRS Form 3468 for details.)

Arizona businesses can take a direct credit to their Arizona state taxes of 10% of the cost of purchasing and installing a photovoltaic system. The maximum is $25,000 for any one building in the same year and $50,000 in total credits. The tax credit may be carried forward. (See AZ Form 336 for details.) Businesses must submit solar application and completion report to take this tax credit.

Arizona residents can take a direct credit to their Arizona state taxes of 25% of the cost of purchasing and installing a photovoltaic system. The maximum tax credit per residence is $1,000 and may be carried forward for five years. (See AZ Form 310 for details.)

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