Percent of Power Generated in Arizona from Solar and Wind Energy
Less than one percent (0.86%) of the total electricity produced in Arizona in 2012 came from solar power; however, this is over a tenfold increase from the previous year. Solar capacity is growing and a greater percentage of Arizona's electricity in upcoming years should be produced by solar power. The state’s first wind farm near Holbrook began generating electricity in 2009 and although less than one-half of one percent (0.48%) of the total energy produced in the state was from wind power in 2012, this was more than double the percentage of energy produced from wind the previous year. For the first time this year, solar and wind together generated over one percent of the total energy generated in the state (1.34%). This is still a small amount, but it is a step in the right direction.