APS: Rooftop solar applications up 112% in first quarter

More APS residential customers applied to connect new rooftop solar systems to the APS grid in the first quarter of 2015 than in any other first quarter on record, the company announced today.

This year, APS received more than 2,300 applications from January through March, more than double the number of applications received during the same period last year.

In 2014, nearly 7,800 customers installed rooftop solar on their homes, a 10 percent increase over the 7,044 solar customers APS connected to its grid in 2013. In the past 12 months, APS has received over 9,400 solar applications, the highest number for any 12 month period in the company’s history.

“Solar clearly continues to be a popular energy choice for our customers across Arizona,” said Marc Romito, APS Manager for Renewable Energy. “Our job, on behalf of our customers, is to effectively integrate this energy into our system and to foster an environment in which rooftop solar can continue to flourish.”

In its U.S. Solar Market Insight report for 2014 published last month, GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association, an industry trade group, found that “Arizona’s residential market grew year-over-year by more than 25% for the fourth consecutive quarter. This growth has come in spite of a new monthly net metering fee of $0.70/kW/month, which took effect for residential customers in Arizona Public Service (APS) territory who submitted PV interconnection applications on or after January 1, 2014.”

APS, Arizona’s largest and longest-serving electricity utility, serves nearly 1.2 million customers in 11 of the state’s 15 counties. With headquarters in Phoenix, APS is the largest principal subsidiary of Pinnacle West Capital Corp. (PNW).