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Arizona utility tapping into solar energy to cool off customers

PHOENIX -- For the first time, Arizona Public Service said solar energy will be used to help meet peak customer summer demand.

Brad Albert, general manager of resource management with APS, said the Solana Generating Station that came online in October was capable of powering 80,000 homes.

"The unique thing about Solana is that it incorporates energy storage into the plant's design, which means it can produce or continue to produce at full power output levels when our customers need it the most," Albert said.

Power consumption peaks in July and August.

"The monsoon keeps the night time temperatures higher on the hotter peak time days. We'll see lows of 95 on the peak days. That's misery," Albert said.

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.

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