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    The Homeowner’s Guide to Solar – Blog
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    The Homeowner’s Guide to Solar

    As the cost of electricity from the grid continues to climb, solar has become more affordable. It’s

    no wonder that more than a million Americans have installed solar on their home. And with

    powerful battery storage options available, homeowners are finding they can now leverage the

    power of the sun 24 hours a day.

    But despite the obvious savings on electricity bills, the strong return on investment, and the

    positive impact on the environment, buying solar can be overwhelming. With pesky salesmen

    and conflicting messages, some homeowners are becoming so overwhelmed they’re missing

    out on the benefits of solar.

    To help you learn if solar is right for you and to ensure you get the right system for your home

    and family, we’ve compiled a Homeowner’s Guide to Solar. We pulled together content from

    several national solar consumer guides, combined with a little of our own experience, to make

    this comprehensive guide that addresses the questions we hear the most from consumers.

    Organizations, such as the Solar Energy Industry Association www.seia.org and the North

    American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners www.nabcep.org have provided extensive

    consumer information that we used. This guide was put together to help you get the most sunny

    energy by making you a better-informed consumer.

    Download here: http://www.sunnyenergy.solar/resources/

     

     “Solarific Day!” Sunny Energy Of Tempe Encourages Celebration Of Summer Solstice
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     “Solarific Day!” Sunny Energy Of Tempe Encourages Celebration Of Summer Solstice

    (TEMPE, Ariz.) – June 21, 2018 – The Summer Solstice marks the onset of summer and the longest day of the year.  And according to Sunny Energy, an Arizona-based residential solar company, a “solarific” reason to celebrate all that is great about the Arizona sunshine.

    “Our team thrives in the sunshine and we see this day as an opportunity to celebrate the fact that there are nearly 4-1/2 hours more sunshine today than on Dec. 21,”  said Joe Cunningham, Sunny Energy’s director of operations. “The Summer Solstice is OUR biggest holiday.”

    Cunningham said there are some other things you should know:

    • There are more than 100,000 residential solar energy systems in Arizona.
    • June 21 is only one second longer than June 20, but it is four hours, 26 minutes and six seconds (15,966 seconds or 45 percent) longer than December 21, 2018. Sunrise to sunset on Dec. 21 is 9:56:10 and on June 21 it’s 14:22:16.
    • The average sun-hours in Phoenix is 6.58. This means that there is an average of 6.58 kWh per square meter from the sun each day of the year.
    • Putting this into perspective, a 1,000 square-foot roof (about 93 square meters) will receive an average of 612 kWh of solar energy every day, but the home may only use 50 to 100 kWh of electric energy each day. A solar PV system can help you put that energy to work so that you don’t have to purchase as much from utilities like APS or SRP.
    • There is an average of 65 percent more solar energy available in the Phoenix area during the month of June than there is in December, the month when we typically have the least amount of solar energy.
    • Location, orientation to the sun’s path, the tilt of solar panels in relation to the sun, temperature, the type of solar panels used, the type of inverter used, the quality of the installation and how well it is maintained and cleaned all contribute to how much energy is produced.
    • This is why it’s important to have an experienced team design and install solar systems.
    • The word solstice comes from the Latin word for Sun, or sol, and sistere, which means to come to a stop or stand still.
    • On the day of the summer solstice, the Sun reaches its northernmost position as seen from the Earth.
    • All over the world, the solstice happens at the same time.
    • It’s the day in which the earth is the farthest from the sun throughout the course of the year.
    • Although you have the most sunlight on this day, it is not the hottest day of the year. This day comes a few weeks or months after the solstice because it takes time for the oceans and landmasses to warm up, which leads to higher air temperatures.
    • The day is celebrated all throughout the world with different dances, traditions, rituals, feasts and more to give thanks to the changing of the seasons and the beginning of the warmest period of the year.

    Sunny Energy is a residential solar company that is dedicated to helping homeowners save money on their electric bills. The company focuses on delivering superior performance by using the best design, installation, equipment, and financing options to ensure the best combination of value and performance.  Each project is customized to provide homeowners with the most advantageous option to produce their own clean and inexpensive energy.  With offices in Arizona, California and Texas, Sunny Energy provides solar installation, battery storage, energy management, financing and service and repair. The company has been named one of the top solar contractors in the United States by Solar Power World magazine for the last three years.

    PV (photovoltaic) systems produce electricity from sunlight. Most people have used a solar powered calculator or garden light, and seen solar panels on roadside signs, but PV panels can be configured to produce enough energy to power a home, school, business, or even serve as a small power plant feeding electricity into the grid. As the cost of PV systems has declined sharply over the last few years, more and more households, municipalities, and companies are “going solar.”

    For more information, call (480) 257-3283 or visit www.sunnyenergy.solar.

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    Is your roof right for solar?
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    Is your roof right for solar?

    Many Arizona homeowners wonder, is their roof right for solar? Every roof is unique from style, size, shape, and material. There are many factors that can determine if your roof is suitable for solar.

    When looking into purchasing a solar system, consider these tips below to see if solar is right for your home.

    1. Shading

    Shading can play a major factor in the production of solar energy. If your roof is shaded by a tree, it will reduce the amount of sunlight exposure your panels will get. Having less sunlight exposure will result in lower energy production. However, this issue can be easily fixed by trimming the trees. Sunny Energy’s home solar designer will let you know if we suspect some shading on your system.

    1. Roof Material

    Every home is designed differently including roof types. There are many different kinds of roof types that are great for solar such as concrete, composite, curved tile, flat tile, asphalt shingle and metal. However, not all roof material is a good fit for solar. For example, roof material such as clay tile is too brittle and may be easily damaged during installation. Sunny Energy will let you know after our initial inspection for solar on your home if we have any roofing recommendations.

    1. Orientation

    The orientation (azimuth) is the direction that your roof faces. The best solar production is on a south facing roof, but west or east also work very well. In fact, a west (or sometimes an east) orientation will result in lower energy production, it may help you save more money by producing energy during times when the cost of electricity is highest! We do not usually recommend installing solar on a north facing roof, but sometimes it makes sense to put some of the system there. Sunny Energy’s design team will help you through these decisions for solar on your home.

    1. Square Footage

    How much square footage your roof has available plays a major factor into how many solar panels can be installed on your roof. For a residential home in Arizona, we find that the average solar system size is 8 kilowatts (kW). A good rule-of-thumb says you need 60 to 100 square feet of roof space, depending on obstacles, shaded areas, roof design and complexity, for each kW of system size. Before Sunny Energy commits to installing solar on your home, we’ll check the roof and let you know our recommendations.

    1. Roof Age

    The solar panel warranty is 25 years, and they will usually keep working well beyond that amount of time. If your roof is still under warranty and it’s in good condition, it is perfect for solar. If your roof needs to be replaced soon, you may want to replace it prior to installing solar. You can replace your roof after installation however, it will involve removal of racks and panels and re-installation which may be costly. Sunny Energy’s initial field inspection for home solar includes an assessment of your roof, and we will let you know if we find anything of concern.

    Sunny Energy can help Arizona homeowners save with solar. Sunny Energy was named a top solar installer by Solar Reviews and a top solar contractor by Solar Power World.

    We can help design the best solution for your home and help you understand if your home is best suited for solar. Give us a call for a hassle-free solar consultation.

    Call us today at (480) 257-3283.

    How to save on your utility bill during off-peak hours for APS customers
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    How to save on your utility bill during off-peak hours for APS customers

    As the hot summer months approach in the Valley of the Sun, APS customers are noticing a huge spike in their utility bills. Some APS customers don’t know that they can lower their utility bills by using most of their energy during off-peak hours.

    What are off-peak hours?

    APS customers on the TOU-E Saver Choice rate plan are charged about $.11 per kWh during off-peak hours, verses about $.25 per kWh if the consumer were to use electricity during on-peak hours. Off-peak hours for APS customers are weekdays Monday-Friday 8pm-3pm, all day Saturday and Sunday, and most holidays.

    APS customers can take advantage of the off-peaks hours in several ways:

    1. Do your chores during off-peak hours

    Do your chores later in the day, after you eat dinner or before you go to bed, when you wake up in the morning and on weekends. Running the dishwasher or doing laundry late at night, earlier in the day or on the weekend can help you save more on your electricity costs.

    2. Use ceiling fans

    When you leave your home during on-peak hours, adjust your thermostat and leave your ceiling fans on. This will allow your home to maintain reasonable temperatures and use less demand from the grid.

    3. Take advantage of rate plans offered by APS

    Saver Choice plans offered by APS allow consumers to adjust their energy use to fit their lifestyle while also taking advantage of lower cost off-peak hours. There are three different plans available: Saver Choice Tech, Saver Choice Max and Saver Choice Plus.

    For more information about Saver Choice plans visit here: https://www.aps.com/en/ourcompany/ratesregulationsresources/serviceplaninformation/Pages/residential-sheets.aspx

    4. Combine rate plans with solar + battery storage

    Combining solar and battery storage with rate plans, such as Saver Choice Tech or Saver Choice Max, will help you save energy during on-peak hours and use more of the energy you produce during off-peak hours.

    • Saver Choice Tech and Saver Choice Max rate plans

    These rate plans are for consumers who are looking to expand their savings even more with solar + battery systems. These rate plans have three different parts: a demand charge, an energy charge for the amount of energy used, and a basic service charge. The energy charge is as low as $.04 per kWh, keeping the overall cost down as long as demand is managed during peak hours.

    5. Contact Sunny Energy

    Sunny Energy can help Phoenix homeowners save money during both on-peak and off-peak hours by installing solar + battery storage on their home. Sunny Energy was named a top solar installer by Solar Reviews and a top solar contractor by Solar Power World.

    https://www.sunnyenergy.solar/sunny-energy-recognized-as-a-top-solar-contractor-in-the-u-s-and-top-3-local-phoenix-area-solar-contractors/

    Call us today to learn more: 480-257-3283

    Sunny Energy Founder Earns Industry’s Most Prestigious Certification
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    (TEMPE, May 29, 2018) – Joseph Cunningham, founder and director of operations for Tempe-headquartered Sunny Energy, has earned the solar industry’s leading recognition of installation expertise from the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP®), and is now a NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professional.

    NABCEP is the most highly respected and well established national certification organization for renewable energy professionals. Having designation as a Certified NABCEP PV Installation Professional helps set Cunningham and Sunny Energy apart from other solar companies as it is widely recognized to be the most important certification of its kind in the solar industry.

    PV is short for photovoltaic. PV systems produce electricity from sunlight. Most people have used a solar powered calculator or garden light, and seen solar panels on roadside signs, but PV panels can be configured to produce enough energy to power a home, school, business, or even serve as a small power plant feeding electricity into the grid. As the cost of PV systems has declined sharply over the last few years, more and more households, municipalities, and companies are “going solar.” NABCEP is a mark of quality assurance that the consumer can use to know that they are choosing a qualified contractor.

    “We are honored to have earned this designation,” Cunningham said. “Sunny Energy is excited to offer customers the added confidence of knowing that their photovoltaic system installations will be completed to the highest standards in the solar industry, something we have done since our inception.”

    “One thing you can be assured of when hiring a NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professional is that your project won’t be their first,” said Richard Lawrence, executive director of NABCEP. “Anyone who makes the considerable effort required to earn NABCEP certification has documented their training and experience as part of the eligibility process. They have also made a very real commitment to upholding high standards of ethical and professional practice. I am delighted to welcome Joseph Cunningham of Sunny Energy to the ranks of the industry’s leading solar professionals.”

    Sunny Energy is a residential solar company that is dedicated to helping homeowners save money on their electric bills. The company focuses on delivering superior performance by using the best design, installation, equipment, and financing options to ensure the best combination of value and performance.  Each project is customized to provide homeowners with the most advantageous option to produce their own clean and inexpensive energy.  With offices in Arizona, California and Texas, Sunny Energy provides solar installation, battery storage, energy management, financing and service and repair. The company has been named one of the top solar contractors in the United States by Solar Power World magazine for the last three years. For more information, call (480) 257-3283 or visit www.sunnyenergy.solar.

    About NABCEP

    NABCEP is a non‐profit organization governed by a board of directors consisting of volunteer representatives of the solar industry, NABCEP certificants, renewable energy organizations, state policy makers, educational institutions, and the trades. NABCEP’s mission is to develop and implement quality credentialing and certification programs for practitioners by supporting and working closely with stakeholders in the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries. To learn more visit www.nabcep.org.

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    480-257-3283
    marketing@sunnyenergy.solar
    HMA Public Relations
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    SRP Customers: Ways to maximize your savings with solar + battery storage
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    SRP Customers: Ways to maximize your savings with solar + battery storage

    Temperatures are climbing in Arizona, and so are utility bills! As summer heats up in the Valley of the Sun, here are 3 ways to make sure you’re maximizing your energy savings.

    1.Make your own energy – go solar

    As energy costs rise, more and more Americans are looking to become energy independent. By going solar, homeowners are producing their own clean, inexpensive energy and taking control of their personal energy. You don’t have to be at the mercy of your utility company’s price hikes.

    By installing solar on your home, you can make your own energy – lowering your electricity costs and protecting yourself against rising electricity prices. Many homeowners are surprised to find out how affordable it is to install solar. Solar is the only home improvement that pays for itself, adds value to your home, and continues to provide returns on investment.

    What’s even better? Going solar has a positive impact on the environment because instead of burning fossil fuels you’re generating your own clean energy and dramatically reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

    2. Don’t give your energy away – add battery storage

    With solar, any energy you don’t use goes back to the grid. But you don’t have to give away your earned energy. You can now store it! Adding battery storage to your home solar system can help you save even more money on your utility bill. By storing electricity, you can use your own energy during peak usage time when energy is more expensive, or to offset peak demand costs if you have demand charges from your utility.

    No matter what the utility companies do to reduce solar incentives, eliminate net metering or increase rates, solar with storage helps you become more independent, and helps reduce your utility costs. And in the event that the grid goes down, your family won’t be left in the dark!

    3.Take advantage of savings and incentives – act now, space is limited!

    The Salt River Project (SRP) recently released an incentive for existing and non-existing solar customers that will help them save even more on their utility bill and will allow the consumer to control their demand especially during peak hours. https://www.srpnet.com/newsroom/releases/050118.aspx

    SRP is offering an up to $1,800 rebate for new and current solar customers who add a battery storage system to their solar system. This opportunity is only available to the first 4,500 customers – so act fast!

    Combining solar and battery storage for your home can help you and your family become energy independent. How do you get started? Sunny Energy is recognized as an award-winning solar company and is a certified LG Chem installer and is one of the only certified Tesla PowerWall installers in the state of Arizona. Our team of industry veterans can help you maximize your energy savings.

    https://www.sunnyenergy.solar/batteries-storage/

    Call us today to learn more – 480-257-3283

    Sunny Energy was featured on Arizona Family discussing the growth of battery storage in Arizona. Watch the full interview with Arizona Family here: 

    APS Rate Hikes and the New Hidden Solar Incentive
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    Protect Yourself from Rising APS Rate Hikes with this Hidden Solar Incentive

    While temperatures have cooled down, utility bills are still rising thanks to a APS rate increase that went into effect in August.

    APS Customers Shocked by Increasing Utility Bills

    Many customers are frustrated after seeing an increase of 10% – 15% on their monthly bills.

    Today, the Republic reported on these increases after hearing from APS customers who are getting their bills following the rate changes: “This is literally taking food directly out of my mouth,” Phoenix customer Ron Geddling wrote to the regulators after getting his first new bill. “This is absolutely the worst robbery of my money I have ever seen … I will now be going hungry in order to make APS a little richer.”

    Hidden APS Solar Incentive

    But not all APS customers are seeing increasing electric bills, in fact some have taken advantage of an APS incentive that has helped them drive down their electric bill to nearly zero.

    Most people don’t know that APS also added a fantastic new incentive for new solar customers. Called the export rate, it allows new solar owners to sell energy from their solar system at a rate that is often higher than what they would pay APS. And APS will guarantee that this rate will not change for at least ten years.

    “Many homeowners in Arizona installed solar this summer in advance of the APS rate hikes. They are enjoying the savings today but it isn’t too late to protect yourself and your family from these risings costs,” said Joe Cunningham, Director of Operations at Sunny Energy. “We’re helping homeowners take advantage of the APS incentives and build a solar home system that helps them lock in savings today and not be at the mercy of rising rate hikes.”

    To learn more about how your family can reduce your electric utility bill to nearly zero, contact us.

    There’s no cost to find out – call today (480) 257-3283

    Check out our previous blog post: Sunny Energy Recognized as Top Solar Contract in the U.S.

    DERA, A New Non-Profit Trade Organization In The Solar Power Industry
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    A new non-profit trade organization in the solar power industry has been formed by four leading solar companies in Arizona and in cooperation with Arizona State University. This new organization, Distributed Energy Resources Alliance (DERA), is devoted to the development of distributed energy resources. This includes battery storage, solar energy management, and technologies that benefits Arizona residents and local businesses.

    Sunny Energy is one of the four founding solar companies of DERA. Sunny Energy’s very own Director of Operations, Joseph Cunningham, serves as DERA’s president. In addition to Sunny Energy and Arizona State University, local solar companies Elevation Solar, SouthFace Solar, and PV Advanced Concepts have all taken part in the creation of DERA, and each company has a member on the board of directors.

    DERA’s mission is to promote the advancement of distributed energy resources, especially home solar, business solar and battery storage, so that consumers can continue to enjoy making and using their own electric energy. DERA is technology agnostic and it’s goals include a variety of activities that ultimately result in unhampered growth of home solar, business solar and other distributed energy technologies that help reduce peak hour energy usage, that promote grid stability, and that help everyone save money.

    The non-profit trade organization’s initial goals that they would like to further educate stakeholders in the Arizona market are:

    • Work with companies who strictly sell home solar and business solar to understand the importance of combined solar, energy management and battery storage
    • Help educate Arizona home solar energy owners and potential buyers about the benefits of combining home solar with other distributed energy resource technologies
    • Understanding distributed energy resources (DERS) may be attractive, and adopted by, consumers, as well as what drives them away
    • Working with utility companies to help grow products, rate plans and other strategies to direct them in the adoption of DERS
    • Help technology companies understand the Arizona market and the associated new opportunities available in terms of products and services

    DERA represents all groups – Arizona home solar owners, business solar owners, utility companies, solar businesses and technology companies, to advance in the future of distributed energy. DERA is looking to expand by seeking members from other Arizona solar companies, college students and faculty, and technology companies.

    Very often, we hear about utility company changes to rates, incentives, solar initiatives, and more that appear to be aimed at negatively affecting solar. While utility companies do need to protect their businesses, most of these changes are due to the impact renewable energy, in particular solar in Arizona, is having on the electric grid. The electric grid was not designed or built to handle two way traffic, but distributed solar generation is just that. And, distributed solar generation has grown much faster than anybody ever anticipated.
    Consumers want home solar and solar for their businesses. Home solar buyers are driving the adoption of home solar, business solar and other uses of solar much faster than anybody anticipated. Home solar provides individuals and families with independence, control over their
    futures, choices, environmental benefits, health benefits and incredible cost savings. Home solar is something everybody can use, most people would like to have, and it’s only a matter of time before more people get electric energy from home solar than from the electric grid.

    DERA’s goals include development of a holistic approach to unhampered growth of solar in Arizona, especially home solar, by including complementary technology. This technology, some of which is already developed and in use, can actually make distributed home solar energy generation, battery storage, Electric Vehicle (EV) charging and energy management beneficial to the grid and utility companies. If done correctly, new business models will benefit consumers and utilities, allowing home solar and business solar growth to continue with no restraints.

    What are some benefits Arizona home solar owners can expect from this new formation?
    Distributed solar energy generation, especially by Arizona home solar owners, has grown far quicker than anybody expected it to. This is because consumers want it. They want choices in how they get energy. They want savings. They want to have more control over their future. They want to help the environment we live in. Because home solar has grown so quickly, and utility company and the electric grid technology was not ready, they have been forced to respond with new rate plans to encourage new distributed energy generation technology and to encourage consumers to change energy usage behavior. These changes have happened so quickly, without adequate technology to help, and without adequate consumer education, that consumers are frustrated.

    DERA’s goals include the development of complementary technology and other consumer products, complimentary policy and utility facilities, along with new business models, that will offer Arizona home solar owners more choices, greater savings, better control of their energy use, while helping to modernize the utility grid.

    The organization’s first appearance was at the Arizona Energy Transformation Conference at Arizona State University on April 13th, 2018. Expect to hear much more about DERA’s involvement with home solar users, home solar installation companies, how solar technology companies, policies concerning home solar use, and utility programs for home solar adopters.

    Since Sunny Energy is one of the founding board members of DERA, with over ten years of experience installing over 3,000 home solar systems, Sunny Energy home solar buyers, and those just interested in learning more about home solar, can learn more about this holistic approach to generating and using more home solar energy by contacting Sunny Energy now.

    See more coverage at:

    https://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/news/2018/04/11/arizona-nonprofit-launches-to-plan-for-a-future-of.html

    https://azbigmedia.com/arizonas-solar-leaders-form-distributed-energy-resources-alliance/

    Kristina Preston Named Assistant Project Manager for Sunny Energy
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    (TEMPE, March 14, 2018) – Kristina Preston has been named assistant project manager for Sunny Energy, one of Arizona’s largest providers of residential and commercial solar energy systems.

    Preston is now responsible for helping guide Sunny Energy’s customers through the installation process.  This includes: submitting applications to local utility companies for their approval, submitting proper documentation to financing/leasing companies for their approval and communicating with customers throughout different stages of their project, keeping them informed of where they are in the process.

    Preston has been with the company for three years.

    Terry Rials, Sunny Energy’s director of field operations, said, “Kristina’s track record with the company, highlighted by her discipline and detail-oriented approach to our customers’ installations, will be an asset moving forward.”

    Sunny Energy is a residential solar company that is dedicated to helping homeowners save money on their electric bills. The company focuses on delivering superior performance by using the best design, installation, equipment, and financing options to ensure the best combination of value and performance.  Each project is customized to provide homeowners with the most advantageous option to produce their own clean and inexpensive energy.  With offices in Arizona and Texas, Sunny Energy provides solar installation, battery storage, energy management, financing and service and repair. The company has been named one of the top solar contractors in the United States by Solar Power World magazine. For more information, call (480) 257-3283 or visit www.sunnyenergy.solar.

    Media Contacts

    Sunny Energy LLC
    480-257-3283
    marketing@sunnyenergy.solar
    HMA Public Relations
    602-957-8881
    info@hmapr.com

     

    Export The Savings Into Your Wallet With APS
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    Did you know there is an even bigger way to save with APS?

    If you are an APS customer, you can benefit from a new APS solar incentive called the Export Rate.

    This compensation from APS for your solar energy, is guaranteed by APS not to change for at least 10 years.  Act now because the current export rate is due to expire in August.

    How the Export Rate works:

    1. As a new solar owner, you will be guaranteed a flat rate of $0.129/kWh for the excess solar energy you produce, if you purchase solar before the current Export Rate expires in August, 2018.
    2. You will be guaranteed, by APS, this flat rate for the excess solar energy you produce for the next 10 years.
    3. Combined with some of the new APS rate plans, there may be times when the cost of energy from APS is less than the amount they pay you using the Export Rate.
    4. If you wait to install solar after the August deadline, you will miss out on the current Export Rate.

    Contact us today to see how solar can help you save with APS: (480) 257-3283

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