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ACC issues residential solar recommendations

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The Arizona Corporation Commission staff issued its highly anticipated recommendations in response to APS’s proposed rule changes directed at residential solar customers. ACC recommended that the Commission not approve either of APS’s proposed Net Metering cost-shift solutions. Net Metering is the mechanism that allows residential customers the right to offset energy purchases from the utility… Read More →

SRP, ASU partner to research renewable energy initiatives

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September 26, 2013 by in Business News | Energy | Green | Tech

Salt River Project (SRP) and the Conservation and Renewable Energy Collaboratory (CREC) at ASU’s College of Technology and Innovation (CTI) have partnered for a second year to award a $170,000 grant to fund research initiatives in renewable energy and conservation. This year the SRP-CREC research program selected four projects for funding. Projects include: reliability and… Read More →

Sky Train Project Recognized with Environmental Award

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September 18, 2013 by in Business News | Green | Travel

The PHX Sky Train™ has been selected for a top honor in the prestigious Arizona Forward Environmental Excellence Awards, receiving the first-place Crescordia award in the Multi-modal Transportation & Connectivity category. In addition, a public art project featured on one of the PHX Sky Train™ pedestrian bridges received special recognition. Arizona Forward, in partnership with… Read More →

SRP Taps into Super-Hot Renewable Energy Resource

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September 17, 2013 by in Business News | Energy | Green

Salt River Project has signed an agreement with CalEnergy, LLC for the purchase of 50 megawatts (MW) of geothermal energy from a number of plants located in the Imperial Valley of southern California. CalEnergy, LLC and its affiliates, subsidiaries of MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company and TransAlta Corporation, own and operate the geothermal facilities located near… Read More →

Why isn’t there more solar in Arizona?

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September 16, 2013 by in Columnist Spotlight | Energy | Green

Eleven years ago, I wrote a guest editorial for the Arizona Daily Sun newspaper in Flagstaff in which I put forward a question that was quite popular at the time: “Why isn’t there more solar in Arizona?” It was in the aftermath of the California energy crisis.  New incentive programs adopted by Arizona utilities were… Read More →

Why isn't there more solar in Arizona?

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September 16, 2013 by in Columnist Spotlight | Energy | Green

Eleven years ago, I wrote a guest editorial for the Arizona Daily Sun newspaper in Flagstaff in which I put forward a question that was quite popular at the time: “Why isn’t there more solar in Arizona?” It was in the aftermath of the California energy crisis.  New incentive programs adopted by Arizona utilities were… Read More →

Arizona Solar Firms form advocacy group

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August 14, 2013 by in Energy | Featured | Green

Five Arizona-based solar energy companies are joining forces to establish a nonprofit group to advocate for solar users and educate the community on the importance of continued investment in solar technologies. Known as the Arizona Solar Deployment Alliance (ASDA), the newly formed organization is dedicated to providing accurate and timely information to the public and… Read More →

Finalists Named for Cox Conserves Heroes Program

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July 16, 2013 by in Featured | Green

Cox Communications and The Trust for Public Land announced finalists for Arizona’s 2013 Cox Conserves Heroes program. A total of $15,000 will be donated to local environmental nonprofits on behalf of the winner and finalists. By being a finalist, each individual has secured a $2,500 donation for his or her nonprofit of choice. The finalists… Read More →

APS proposes changing solar rates

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A proposed rate change for Arizona Public Service Co. customers who install rooftop solar panels could affect the future of the state’s solar industry. The utility is proposing to give customers with new solar panel systems less credit for the electricity their systems supply to the power grid under a proposal pending before the Arizona… Read More →

Avilan Named First Certified Ethical and Responsible Source for Diamonds

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Avilan, a distributor of ethical and sustainable diamonds, set the bar for the diamond industry in July 2012 when it was recognized as the first-ever Responsible Source for diamonds by Scientific Global Services (SCS), a third-party environmental and sustainability certification leader. The certification represents the most rigorous standard in the environmental certification industry. For centuries,… Read More →

EPA recognizes Fulton for energy efficient construction

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has honored Fulton Homes for its commitment to providing homebuyers with ENERGY STAR certified homes by presenting the Tempe-based homebuilder with the 2013 ENERGY STAR Leadership in Housing Award. The honor recognizes a builder that promotes energy efficient construction and helps to protect the environment through partnership with ENERGY… Read More →

Experts Offer Water Saving Tips

Fresh Water is Becoming Scarcer with the Planet's Changing Climate
June 28, 2013 by in Featured | Green

Now that summer is in full swing many of you are experiencing sticker shock as you open those water bills. There are some ways to save some water and save some money without emptying your pool or turning your yard into a barren wasteland. City Property Management oversees nearly 300 homeowners associations in Arizona and… Read More →

Valley firm launches renewable antifreeze resource

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June 27, 2013 by in Business News | Energy | Green

With a commitment to providing best-in-class environmental solutions for the automotive and transportation industry, Thermo Fluids, Inc. announced today they have received ASTM E1177 certification for their EcoShield remanufactured antifreeze product. “We are very pleased with our accomplishment of reaching this very stringent virgin-equivalent antifreeze product specification for EcoShield” said Ted Sinclair, Thermo Fluids’ Chief… Read More →

Phoenix will launch bike sharing program

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A new bicycle share program in Phoenix is scheduled to be launched in December. KTAR-FM reports that the city will unveil the program with 500 bikes and eventually will expand to 2,000. Under the program, the bikes will be located at hub locations throughout the city and accessible to anyone who has a credit card.… Read More →