Storage — A changing trend in green energy
As a state, Arizona is perfect for solar power. With the larger municipalities getting more than 300 days of sunshine, tapping solar power makes sense, but it has had mixed results in terms of effectiveness, especially on a large-scale basis.
Energy storage may help make solar power, as well as all forms of electric power, more reliable and cost effective.
Kate McGinnis, market director at AES Energy Storage, was in Tucson in late June to have discussions with Tucson Electric Power on how energy storage could help the company.
“Energy storage itself is a source of generation that is clean, reliable and very flexible,” explained McGinnis. “That is really why we are pursuing it. We think that it is cost-effective and the flexibility it allows an electrical system will really both help today, as well as into the future as things are changing.”