Phoenix Suns to use solar panels for part of its power at arena

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PHOENIX (AP) -- The NBA's Phoenix Suns plan to use solar panels for part of its power at its home arena.

The new photovoltaic system will consist of more than 1,100 panels and be installed on the fifth level of the US Airways Center's parking garage in downtown Phoenix.

At 194 kilowatts, it will produce enough energy to reduce the team's power usage by the equivalent of 26 home games each season.

The system is expected to be operational next year and cost about 1.5 million dollars.

The team estimates it will receive a yearly rebate of 60,000 dollars to 85,000 dollars from Arizona Public Service Company via the utility's renewable-energy incentive program.

Suns general manager Steve Kerr says the project will not cost the Suns any up-front cash and will not lead to a ticket-price increase.

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