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Prevent Fires and Help Renewables

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- The rate of fires caused by solar systems is increasing (36% for the most recent year)

- Infrared (IR) imaging is a proven means of prevention

- APS employs IR imaging on their expensive utility solar sites but not the systems they installed on low-income housing in wildfire prone regions such as the City of Flagstaff

- We'd like support petitioning APS to have our company (Higher Powered, LLC.) do IR imaging and preventative maintenance for 2250 residences for a four-year pilot program in order to provide industry with a sufficiently large dataset to inform decision making.

- Objectives would be to collect data, and following analysis and peer review (3rd party lab or university), provide answers to (publish) the following questions:

1. Where in a system are faults that cause a fire occurring?

2. How often are safety defects occurring?

3. How effective is a residential maintenance program that includes infrared imaging?

4. What's the fiscal impact to homeowners with solar to have annual preventative maintenance?

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