Top 5 Smart Grid Cooperatives


Arizona Public Service

It’s no secret that there’s plenty of sun in Arizona, but now those golden rays may help residents lower their utility bills. Arizona Public Service has partnered with GE and plans to use solar power to partially fuel its new smart grid.

The project will start with rooftop panels on houses and businesses, as well as a new solar park. Together, the panels should generate 1.5 megawatts that can be distributed to customers. The key, according to researchers, will be figuring out the most effective ways to feed solar juice to the smart grid. The good news for customers is that the project will subsidize the start-up costs to install the solar panels and secure them a low fixed rate for electricity use for the next 20 years. By then, maybe we’ll have figured out ways to generate and distribute power in cheaper and greener ways -- with the help of clever smart grid cooperatives like these, of course.

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