APS installing Yavapai County’s first utility scale battery in Chino Valley
Arizona Public Service (APS) is seeking bids from contractors to build a massive energy storage unit at the utility’s solar plant in Chino Valley.
The Chino Valley facility currently provides 19 megawatts of solar energy. A battery capable of storing energy produced by the plant for use after the panels stop producing each day is expected to be operational by 2021, according to an APS news release.
This project is part of an initiative launched by APS in February to build 200 megawatts of battery storage systems for existing solar plants in its service territory.
Beyond that, the company’s broader goal is to add nearly a gigawatt of new clean-energy projects by the summer of 2025. What does a gigawatt mean for the average customer? That is the equivalent of adding the power of more than three million solar panels or more than 9,000 electric cars to Arizona’s energy mix, APS said.
“These projects aim to make solar work harder for APS customers and ensure our state’s peak energy needs are met with even more clean energy,” said Brad Albert, Vice President of Resource Management for APS. “Gone are the days of the sun dictating solar power’s hours. With our new energy storage projects, APS will be giving customers solar after sunset.”
Information about proposal requirements and bidder registration is available at aps.com/rfp. For more information on APS’ solar storage and other clean-energy advances, visit www.azenergyfuture.com.