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Tribal lands in Arizona get $19.5M for improvements

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced $19.5 million in funding to invest in Arizona tribes for environmental programs, water infrastructure development, community education and capacity building.  The announcement was made at the 22nd Annual Regional Tribal Conference in Sacramento, Calif. “The federal government is committed to protecting human health and the environment in Indian Country,”… Read More →

Harmon Solar Making a Solar Power Impact in Rural Arizona

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Driving around the Valley, it’s hard to miss all of the solar panel installations that are taking place at many of the schools around town. What you probably haven’t noticed is this same type of activity is also happening at schools in more rural parts of the state. Through APS’ Solar for Schools and Government… Read More →

Lake Mead’s low water levels may impact Arizona

Lake Mead's water level is at its lowest point since it was first filled in the 1930s.

Lake Mead is one of the main reservoirs in the vast Colorado River water system, and its receding shoreline is raising concerns about the future of a network serving the perennially parched Southwest. Marina operators, water managers and farmers are closely tracking the reservoir’s water level, which is already at its lowest point since Hoover… Read More →

First Solar Builds Highest Efficiency Thin Film PV Cell

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First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) today announced it has set a world record for cadmium-telluride (CdTe) photovoltaic (PV) research cell conversion efficiency, achieving 21.0 percent efficiency certified at the Newport Corporation’s Technology and Applications Center (TAC) PV Lab. The record-setting cell was constructed at the company’s Perrysburg, Ohio manufacturing factory and Research & Development Center,… Read More →

Wells Fargo issues Environmental grants

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The Nature Conservancy’s Arizona Forest Restoration Project and the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Phoenix District Youth Initiative today received a Wells Fargo Environmental Solutions for Communities grant for $25,000 and $24,097, respectively. Both organizations were selected from among 54 environmental nonprofits to receive grant dollars totaling $3 million from the 2014 Wells Fargo Environmental… Read More →

EPA ruling may close Navajo Generating Station by 2044

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The largest coal-fired power plant in the West will produce one-third less energy by 2020 and is on track to cease operations in 2044 under a proposal that the federal government adopted to cut haze-causing emissions of nitrogen oxide at places like the Grand Canyon. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday that the owners… Read More →

G&K Shareholder leads Hance Park Conservancy

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The law firm of Gallagher & Kennedy announced that shareholder William F. Allison has been elected as executive vice president of Hance Park Conservancy. Hance Park Conservancy is an organization of stakeholders, cultural institutions, businesses and individuals working in collaboration with the City of Phoenix to produce and implement a redevelopment plan for Margaret T.… Read More →

SRP Water Supply Good after Sparse 2014 Runoff

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In case anyone missed it, the five-month 2014 winter runoff season finished quite a bit like the previous three January-through-May periods: DRY. In fact, this year’s five-month snowmelt season produced only 148,000 acre-feet _ the eighth-driest since Salt River Project has been keeping records for the last 116 years and the fourth consecutive year with… Read More →

Snell & Wilmer Significantly Expands Environmental Group

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Snell & Wilmer announced the addition of seven attorneys and a policy advisor to the firm’s environmental and natural resources group in Phoenix. These additions significantly expand Snell & Wilmer’s existing practice group to over 40 attorneys across its multiple offices throughout the western United States. The group joins the firm from Polsinelli, where it… Read More →

First Solar Building Latin America’s Largest Solar Plant

energy supply - AZ Business Magazine May/June 2012

First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSLR) today announced it has received board approval from the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government’s development finance institution, and IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, for financing to support construction of the 141MW(ac) Luz del Norte solar power plant in Chile’s Atacama Desert. The loans, which… Read More →

APS Seeks Renewable Energy Projects from Solar

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Arizona Public Service Co. announces a Request for Proposal (RFP) from solar developers and installers to construct two 10-megawatt solar photovoltaic facilities – financed by APS through the company’s AZ Sun Program. The RFP began on June 16, and interested parties are encouraged to participate in a bidder’s webinar on June 23. Additional information about… Read More →

Southwest Renewable Resource launches Website

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The member electric utility companies of the Southwest Variable Energy Resources Initiative (SVERI) have launched a dedicated website that provides near real-time data for renewable energy resources from across the desert Southwest. SVERI is partnering with the University of Arizona to collect, display and analyze generator output and electric customer load data from the participating… Read More →

SRP Increases Renewable Energy Portfolio

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Salt River Project has agreed to purchase an additional amount of renewable geothermal energy from a number of plants located in the Imperial Valley of southern California. SRP has amended its agreement with CalEnergy, LLC to add an additional 37 megawatts to a previous contracted agreement of 50 megawatts for a combined capacity of 87… Read More →

First Solar Will Build 150MW Facility in S. California

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First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSLR) today announced that it has been selected by independent energy company Tenaska Solar Ventures to design and build the 150 megawatt (MW)AC Tenaska Imperial Solar Energy Center West project near El Centro, California. First Solar will provide full Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) services on the project, employing its advanced… Read More →