APS plans free solar installations for low-income customers FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Solar Builder Magazine:Arizona utility APS has launched a new program, APS Solar Communities, to make renewable energy more accessible. Designed specifically for limited- and moderate-income customers, APS Solar Communities approved participants agree to have a rooftop solar system installed at no cost. Customers then begin receiving a monthly $30 bill credit from APS while contributing to the company’s 50 percent clean-energy portfolio. APS serves about 2.7 million people in 11 of Arizona’s 15 counties, and is the Southwest’s foremost producer of clean, safe and reliable electricity.APS is collaborating with Arizona-based solar installers Arizona Solar Concepts, Discover Energy Solutions, Harmon Solar, Sunny Energy and Southface Solar on this program to put rooftop solar systems on qualifying customers’ residences. The systems will be maintained by APS – an approach modeled on the APS Solar Partner program and designed during the company’s 2016 rate review process. Participating single-family residential customers will receive $360 per year in monthly bill credits for 20 years, saving $7,200 per household during the life of the program. “Our customers, community and economy, deserve innovative energy programs, and that’s exactly what Solar Communities delivers,” said Marc Romito, APS Director of Customer Technology. “With an investment of $10 million to $15 million per year for the next three years, we look forward to seeing some of our customers, who otherwise wouldn’t have access to solar, receive the benefits of renewable energy.”The Solar Communities program will install solar systems on single-family houses with west- and southwest-facing roofs, which offer the greatest potential to generate energy during the late-afternoon and early-evening hours between 3 and 8 p.m. when customers use the most electricity.“The solar panels installed under this program will be facing southwest and west to produce energy when customers need it most,” said Kent Walter, APS Manager of Customer Technology. “This program also will help us conduct research on integrating more renewable energy without compromising reliability. Solar Communities creates an option for more customers to go solar, while generating new projects for our local installation partners bringing positives on many levels.”More: Arizona utility launches program to install solar on customer houses at no cost
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He said the passengers proceeded to the check-in counters even though they were informed via text message about the cancellation in advance. The Saudi Embassy in Jakarta had announced that the Saudi government suspended international flights.A video showing Saudi Ambassador to Indonesia Esam Abid Althagafi calming the stranded passengers circulated on Twitter on Sunday as the mission in Jakarta was trying to find a solution. السعودية عظيمة ووفيّة حتى في أقصى بقاع الأرض، خيرها على أبناءها لا ينقطع وفي أصعب الظروف، سفير #السعودية في إندونيسيا عصام الثقفي، يخدم أبناء بلده بتوجيهات قادته والرضى يحيط بهم رغم ظروف #كورونا، الله يرجعكم سالمين 🇸🇦 pic.twitter.com/vxldL7qLSw— لبيب Labeeb (@LabeebHub) March 15, 2020Saudi’s state news agency, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), reported on Sunday that the Saudi Embassy in Jakarta said it had cooperated with the airlines to find a speedy solution to the canceled flights with the ultimate goal to contain the situation and stand by its citizens until they return to their homeland.It pointed out that transportation was secured for all citizens stranded at Soekarno-Hatta airport to hotels intended for their residence and that they would be provided all facilities until their return.The SPA reported Saturday on the Saudi government’s decision to suspend all international flights for two weeks starting Sunday to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, citing an official source at the country’s interior ministry.The period will be considered an exceptional official holiday for citizens and residents who are unable to return due to the suspension of flights or if they face quarantine after their return to the kingdom, SPA cited the official as saying.Saudi Arabia has reported 86 confirmed cases of COVID-19, while Indonesia has reported 134 cases. (asp) Topics : At least 826 passengers of Saudia Airlines packed Soekarno-Hatta International Airport’s Terminal 3 on Sunday after Saudi Arabia suspended all flights into the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic.The passengers intended to board two Saudia Airlines flights – flights SV825 and SV819 – to return to the kingdom and had waited in the terminal since noon.“We secured Terminal 3’s check-in counters for Saudia Airlines passengers boarding through Gate 2,” Soekarno-Hatta aviation security head Alexander Yurikho said as quoted by tempo.co on Sunday.
‘It’s their democratic right to protest’ – InfantinoA GROUP of aggrieved players and administrators peacefully protested outside the Pegasus Hotel yesterday where visiting FIFA president Gianni Infantino hosted a press conference to wrap up his one-day visit to Guyana.Faizal Khan, football enthusiast and General Manager of the Georgetown Football Club (GFC), led the peaceful protest and stated that the FIFA president is being misled with regard to the way the game of football is being administered in Guyana.The GFC, along with National champions Slingerz FC, former champions Alpha United and Pele FC had refused to participate in the second installation of the Guyana Football Federation’s (GFF) STAG Elite League, citing what they’ve called an ‘illegal’ move by the sport’s local governing body to include two clubs – Victoria Kings and Topp XX – boosting the league from eight to ten teams.After months of uncertainty, CONCACAF, in a correspondence to the GFF, ruled that STAG Beer Elite League winner Slingerz FC and runners-up Alpha United were barred from participating in the CFU Club Championship because the two clubs were not in good standing with the GFF.“President (Wayne) Forde, and what some of the guys are calling him now ‘president fraud’, refused constitutional arbitration over agreements made, which investment followed from that weren’t expected,” Khan said.“Legally, Khan said, “what we’ve tried to do is respect the process … but the Federation has no respect for the constitution, hence today’s protest, which we’re glad the FIFA president saw.”.Meanwhile, when asked by Chronicle Sport about the protest, FIFA president Infantino stated, “I think that since we are living in a democratic world and football is a democratic sport, you are free to have an opinion. That’s one of the good things about football, we are always open.”According to Infantino, “We (FIFA) are in very close contact with Wayne (Forde) and the GFF and somebody might have different views on how football is run and what I could say is that they (the GFF) are making a different view today; certainly differently from the past.”“We all make mistakes, Wayne sometimes a little less than me, but we want to do both and we have football close to our hearts,” the FIFA boss said.