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Arizona puts store in AES

Two 4MWh Advancion batteries to be installed at Punkin Center

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AES is to supply batteries to Arizona Public Service (APS) for an eight megawatt-hour energy storage project in the south-west US state.

Two AES Advancion batteries will be installed at the Punkin Center in Arizona.

Construction is scheduled to start in the third quarter of 2017, with the facility expected to be operational in early 2018.

APS already uses batteries to store excess solar power for use after the sun goes down.

The new project will be built to avoid rebuilding 20 miles of power lines over rough terrain to the Punkin Center, the company said.

“A review of the community’s needs showed that adding battery storage would provide these additional benefits at a similar cost to rebuilding the lines,” it said.

APS director of transmission and distribution technology innovation and integration Scott Bordenkircher said: “Thoughtful implementation of battery storage is key to its future success.

“For a community like Punkin Center, the rural location, reduced implementation costs and added technological benefits make it the perfect candidate for this technology. ”

Image: Arizona Public Service

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