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We have a special tour of the APS STAR center in Tempe.
This is a special talk and the person who is going to conduct the 1 to 1.5 hour tour is going to be a more technical person, this is not similar to the public tours. For the 7 people who signed up and were no shows for the TUV / PTL tour, if you sign up for this tour I will not put you on the list or waiting list until September 1st if you do sign up. This is to be fair to those who do want to attend these events.
If you sign up and then find out you cannot attend please take yourself off the list so others can attend, there will be no penalty to you on future events if you do this 48 hours prior to the event. Note i: Please wear comfortable shoes, not sandals, as the grounds of STAR are covered in loose gravel. This is an operational power facility.

Note ii: I need to give APS your name, so if you signed up with a nickname please email your full name @ [masked] The group size is restricted to 35 people.

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  • Jimi D.

    It was a pleasure giving the tour to the group. Thank you all for coming. If you wouldn't mind sending me an e-mail to jimi.diaz at answering the following questions, we'd really appreciate it.

    What did you like the most about the tour?
    What did you like the least?
    How can APS make the tour better in the future?
    Was the information presented interesting to you?
    Any other comments?


    Jimi Diaz

    September 22, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Quite a lot of Solar history in one place with many different types of systems. Definitely worth the time for the tour.

    September 20, 2009

  • Brian A.

    Tour was fine. I had attended the general public tour the same week.
    The Meetup tour was officiated by the same APS representative. He
    did not have to keep the talk on a more basic level, but really was not
    much more technical.

    September 19, 2009

  • David

    the star center tour was very interesting, and the host was very knowledgeable of many different aspects of the power generation process. this was a good tour with a lot of new concepts and examples of different solar applications and innovative devices on display.

    September 18, 2009

  • Supriya G.

    It was a very informative meet up. I learnt quite a few things, got to interact with like minded, knowledgeable people. This is a great initiative. I had a good time.

    September 18, 2009

  • Randy D.

    the place to get close to some neat experiments - it is noteworthy to see how some modules degrade over time. Some very large trackers are an interesting contrast to what we may see on a roof.

    September 18, 2009

  • Sean M.

    APS is really working to be not just part of the community, it is working together to make it even better. What impressed Phoenix Energy Products is the focus APS has on the sensitivity of COAL production, its impact on the environment, and its understanding water is going to be an issue in the future for power systems.

    The APS STAR technical demonstrations and illustration really took it to another level. I want to personally thank APS for doing a great job in its presentation as it demonstrated we have a friend and a sunny neighbor in the solar business.

    Warm Regards,
    Sean Monaghan

    Phoenix Energy Products
    Solar Integration from 1978

    September 18, 2009

  • Richard M.

    It was a very interesting tour. The APS rep described the various testing done on panels and other solar collectors and mechanisms to increase their output. Large scale, commercial solar projects were also discussed.

    September 18, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    This tour satisfied my longstanding curiosity about all the great gadgets behind the fence! I thought it noteworthy (and a little disappointing) to see that APS is still using financial comparisons of different energy sources that use historic market costs rather than total costs which would include government subsidy and deferred costs such as storage of nuclear waste and other fast-ripening environment concerns.

    September 18, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    The tour was great. very informative. looking forward to the next tour and location!

    September 18, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Was very informative and well put together by APS

    September 18, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great event! Informative tour and presentation. The presenter, the facility and members of the tour all contributed beneficial expertise.

    September 18, 2009

  • Geoff S.

    Great meet-up thanks to APS and Jimmy for the tour and also to those who made it on out for the solar stroll. One thing I got out the tour was the battery technology that is ramping up, it is in my mind the last piece of the puzzle.
    Thanks again all for an interesting meet-up.

    September 18, 2009

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