Arizona Utilities Testing Big Batteries

Originally posted by AZ Central   A small building on the outskirts of the Festival housing developments in the far West Valley could help utilities better understand how to stabilize the power grid amid fluctuations caused by solar panels.  Arizona Public Service Co. is testing a $2 million battery system at the facility to see if it can smooth out the power hiccups caused when clouds pass over solar panels, and also to meet the energy demand after sunset when Arizonans continue to use air conditioners but solar panels stop making electricity. APS has two identical battery units, both in…

Sign of the Times: Coal Mining Museum Goes Green

Originally written by: UpWorthy Deep in the heart of coal country, a very unexpected business is going green. The Kentucky Coal Mining Museum is adding solar panels to its building. The museum, located in the southeast Kentucky town of Benham, aims to shine a light on the important role coal played (and continues to play) in meeting our energy needs — which makes it worth asking why it’s moving away from its namesake fuel source to suit its own power needs. The answer is actually really simple: Solar is cheaper. The irony certainly isn’t lost on the museum’s owners, but…

Solar Power Advocates Undeterred By Trump’s Climate Policies

(Originally Posted by NPR) Some worry that President Trump’s rollback in climate policy will hurt renewable energy. But in Arizona, a state that has embraced solar energy, those in the industry say the outlook is still bright. Next, we’re going to Arizona where renewable energy is huge. It’s also a red state that went for Trump in last year’s election. Will Stone of member station KJZZ in Phoenix reports on reaction there to the president’s move to undo the nation’s climate change policies. WILL STONE, BYLINE: When news came down that Trump was rolling back the so-called Clean Power Plan…