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New renewables capacity likely to come from sun not wind in Arizona

Although Arizona Public Service (APS) expects to easily exceed the state's requirement for 15% green electricity by 2025, at least 1000 MW of a proposed 1600 MW in new renewables capacity will likely come from solar rather than wind energy, according to the company's recently released resource plan. "I would never say one is at the expense of the other," says APS's Eran Mahrer. "But I will state the obvious -- it's sunny in Arizona a lot of the time." The wind resource, however, is poor, Mahrer maintains. "We certainly believe that there's an opportunity for wind in Arizona," Mahrer says. "It may not be the first or second project selected. But there will be a day when Arizona wind comes into play." While the state has yet to tally its first wind plant, Iberdrola Renewables plans to complete the 60 MW Dry Lake Wind Project in east-central Arizona this year.

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