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APS- Now Available: Residential Battery Pilot Program

Arizona Public Service Co. has introduced a Residential Battery Pilot Program, starting October 4, 2021.

The pilot will be available to APS residential customers who install residential battery systems, enroll in a TOU (Time of Use) or TOU-plus-demand service plan and commit to discharging their batteries during on-peak periods. (Note: Rate requirements are waived for customers on grandfathered solar rates.) The pilot will help APS learn about battery performance in a variety of conditions and how batteries may create value for customers through improved management of energy demand at their residence and help reduce stress on the electric grid.

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Desert solar farms can improve tortoise habitat

With openings in the fence and improved growth of plants vital for tortoise survival, solar farms in Nevada can provide better habitat than the surrounding desert. First Solar has found similar habitat gains in California.

PV Magazine has a good article on a further environmental benefit of solar farms.  

Tracker Failure - What broke at Oakey

On Oct. 18, 2018 the 55 MW Oakey 2 project located in the Darling Downs region in southeast Queensland, Australia suffered major wind damage. Approximately 2,000 Canadian Solar modules were damaged by the event, the photos present vivid evidence of what went wrong.

See the full article on PV Magazine: Long read: What broke at Oakey