APS, AMEC Partner to Dedicate Foothills Solar Power Plant

  APS, AMEC Partner to Dedicate Foothills Solar Power Plant

      Fifth APS-owned AZ Sun facility is first ever built on State Land

Business Wire

PHOENIX -- April 15, 2013

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.

APS Chairman and CEO Don Brandt (far left) and Arizona Corporation
Commissioner Gary Pierce (center) ...

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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Contact:

APS
Media Contact:
Jenna Shaver, 602-250-4403
Analyst Contact:
Rebecca Hickman, 602-250-5668
Website: aps.com/newsroom
 
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