APS, AMEC Partner to Dedicate Foothills Solar Power Plant

Mon Apr 15, 2013 4:11pm EDT

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Fifth APS-owned AZ Sun facility is first ever built on State Land
PHOENIX--(Business Wire)--
Arizona Public Service Co. and AMEC, an international engineering and project
management company, announced today the completion of the first 17 megawatts
(MW) of the Foothills Solar Power Plant - the fifth APS AZ Sun facility and the
first ever solar project to be built on Arizona State Trust Land.


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APS Chairman and CEO Don Brandt (far left) and Arizona Corporation Commissioner
Gary Pierce (center) conduct interviews with local media following the
completion of the first 17 megawatts (MW) of the Foothills Solar Power Plant --
the fifth APS AZ Sun facility. Resting on 400 acres in Yuma County, Foothills is
the first solar facility ever to be built on Arizona State Trust Land. By the
end of this year, APS will have almost 700 MW of solar energy in its generation
portfolio -- enough electricity to serve 175,000 Arizona homes. (Photo: Business
Wire)

The plant is being built in two phases: the first 17 MW is now online, and the
remaining 18 MW is scheduled to reach commercial operation by the end of the
year. With a capacity of 35 MW, the Foothills Solar Plant will generate enough
electricity to power 8,750 local Yuma customers. 

The dedication of the first 17 MW was made today in Yuma, as APS Chairman and
CEO Don Brandt spoke to 130 workers onsite. 

"Foothills, like all of our AZ Sun facilities, is generating clean, solar energy
that is becoming a critical part of our planning to meet the energy needs of APS
customers. Beyond the solar energy being generated, these plants also are
creating quality jobs for Arizona. Foothills alone has brought more than 100
jobs to the Yuma area," said Brandt. "Arizona now ranks second in the country in
solar megawatts installed, and APS is a big part of making Arizona a national
leader in solar development. In fact, by the end of this year APS will have
almost 700 MW of solar energy in our generation portfolio - enough electricity
to serve 175,000 Arizona homes." 

Resting on 400 acres in Yuma County, Foothills is the first solar facility ever
to be built on Arizona State Trust Land. In late 2011, the State Land Department
completed extensive work to identify State Trust land sites suitable for solar
development. With these locations in mind, they approached APS about building a
solar plant on one of these sites. This led to an independent assessment by APS
to determine the most suitable development location for the company`s next solar
plant, which yielded the Foothills project site. The fit was ideal for Arizona
and for APS. 

The plant was built by Atlanta, Ga.-based AMEC - a leader in project management
and clean energy development. 

"Foothills is the culmination of the hard work and great partnership between
AMEC, APS, Yuma County and the State Land Department," said Larry Myers, AMEC
Vice President and Executive Sponsor of solar projects. "Over the next eight
months, we will continue our efficient and innovative construction process to
complete the remaining 18 MW, helping Arizona and APS utilize the state`s most
abundant resource to generate clean energy for its customers." 

The AZ Sun Program was approved by the Arizona Corporation Commission and
enables APS to invest in the development of solar photovoltaic power plants
across Arizona. APS will finance and own the projects, which are being designed
and constructed by third-party solar developers, contractors and equipment
providers. 

APS has a 35-year lease on the land, at a cost of $10 million. The proceeds from
land sales and leases of State Trust land go to the beneficiaries of the State
Land Trust, primarily Arizona Common Schools, supporting grades K-12. 

AMEC (LSE: AMEC) is a focused supplier of consultancy, engineering and project
management services to its customers in the world's oil and gas, mining, clean
energy, environment and infrastructure markets. With annual revenues of some
$6.6 billion, AMEC designs, delivers and maintains strategic and complex assets
and employs over 29,000 people in around 40 countries worldwide. See amec.com. 

APS, Arizona`s largest and longest-serving electricity utility, serves more than
1.1 million customers in 11 of the state`s 15 counties. With headquarters in
Phoenix, APS is the principal subsidiary of Pinnacle West Capital Corp. (NYSE:
PNW).

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Media Contact:
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Analyst Contact:
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