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First Solar Made Good on Its Promise to Beat Out Gas Peakers With Solar and Batteries

First Solar Made Good on Its Promise to Beat Out Gas Peakers With Solar and Batteries

Arizona Public Service will add a 50-megawatt battery system to its fleet for storing solar energy to use in evening peak hours. The regulated utility revealed Monday that it had signed a 15-year power purchase agreement with First Solar for the dispatchable solar power. The storage system will be paired with a new 65-megawatt solar plant in western Maricopa County, and should be up and running in 2021. This represents a significant escalation of storage activity for APS, which has developed storage systems at the single-digit megawatt scale . Fifty megawatts would overpower any battery system in the U.S. today; although Fluence will bring a 100 megawatt system online in 2021. The joint system suggests a new paradigm for solar-rich markets: the solar peak power plant. “When you look at the desert Southwest, you’re already seeing the growing pains of having so much solar on...

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