Kevin Koch, Co-owner, Technicians for Sustainability
Thursday, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m., The Arizona Senior Academy Building
Arizona is one of the sunniest states in the U.S. and Tucson one of the sunniest areas in Arizona. Specifically, Tucson enjoys on average 193 sunny days (up to 30% or less cloud cover during daylight hours) and 91 partially sunny days (40 – 70 % cloud cover during daylight hours) for an average total of 284 sunny days. Beginning in 2008, through the efforts of the Sustainability Committee, The Academy Village has sought to develop a vision for creating a community committed to advancement of solar photovoltaic (PV) installations on rooftops of residents. We currently have 53 residential installations for a capacity of 236 kW solar, and at the Community Center a solar PV array to meet partially our electricity needs there: 34.4 kW.
As solar integrated battery and storage options are becoming more attractive for homeowners and more readily available on the market, there is increasing interest in these options. To bring us up to date on these developments, Kevin Koch will address, first, the changes in the landscape for solar photovoltaics (PV) as a result of the decision by the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) on Tucson Electric’s rate case; and second, integrated battery and storage options that will recognize differences between existing PV systems and newer residential PV technology.
With a background as a neuroscientist and mountaineer, Kevin came to sustainability through his connection to nature. He believes in living symbiotically with his environment, which has led him to spend over eighteen years in the renewable energy field. He is certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) in photovoltaics. He and his family live with PV, solar hot water, and greywater systems.
Written by Norm Scott, Academy Village Volunteer and Chair, Sustainability Committee