Solar City focuses on installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) and solar water heaters for public, residential and commercial buildings. The plan also includes solar thermal generation under a public-private partnership on a city landfill. These activities will result in a reduction of peak load on the power grid and utilities, reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, reduction in reliance in foreign oil and creation of green jobs.
The city of Phoenix has been committed to energy conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy since the early 1980s. The following projects are examples of solar projects that are either city-owned or have been completed in partnership with local electric utilities.
- Pecos Community Center - This facility has a 30 kilowatt roof-mounted PV system that is designed to offset utility-purchased power on site. The project, a partnership between the city and Salt River Project, is equivalent to the average annual energy needs of four Valley homes.
- Phoenix Convention Center, West Building - Phoenix partnered with Arizona Public Service (APS) to develop a solar energy project on the West Building of the Phoenix Convention Center. The renewable power generated from this city-owned 100 kW roof-mounted PV system provides power to the Phoenix Convention Center and is equivalent to the average annual energy needs of 12 Valley homes.