August 2004 - UniSource Energy Services (UES), an investor-owned utility providing electric service to about 77,000 customers in Arizona, announced the launch of its GreenWatts program. Customer participants can sponsor one watt (20 kWh) of solar power generation by contributing $2 each month, or 10¢/kWh. Each additional watt or 20-kWh block of green power is priced at $1.50 per month, or 7.5¢/kWh. Proceeds from the GreenWatts program will be used to build new solar power projects in communities served by UES. Until UES can establish its own sources of renewable energy, a portion of the customer contributions will be used to purchase green power "credits," or renewable energy certificates, from other sources.
The utility intends to use both the green power credits and the energy generated from the solar systems to meet Arizona's Environmental Portfolio Standard, which requires the state's utilities to derive a percentage of their total retail energy sales from solar and other renewable energy sources. Under a separate program, UES is offering incentives of up to $3,000 per kilowatt for residential or business customers who install new grid-connected photovoltaic systems.
News Release - UES Encourages Customers to Invest in "Green Power" Projects