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Suntech closing Goodyear factory

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Chinese solar panel maker Suntech Power Holdings Co. is closing its factory in Goodyear in part because of higher production costs. The broader solar industry has struggled in recent years due to a steep price drop for solar panels. Global demand for panels has languished in Europe and elsewhere, even as manufacturing capacity soared. Suntech’s… Read More →

Meritage Homes earns Energy Star Honor

Meritage Homes

Meritage Homes earns Energy Star Honor Meritage Homes has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2013 Energy Star Partner of the Year — Sustained Excellence Award. The award recognizes ongoing leadership across the Energy Star program, including energy-efficient products, services, new homes, and buildings in the commercial, industrial, and public sectors. An innovator in production… Read More →

Q&A on Energy-Efficient Tax Credits

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February 18, 2013 by in Featured | Green

Just two months from now, it’s time to pay the taxman once again – but for some homeowners, there may be a new way to cut the bill. The government legislation that avoided the so-called fiscal cliff included a provision that retroactively reinstated 25C Tax Credits for residential energy efficiency home improvements (up to $500… Read More →

Q&A on Energy-Efficient Tax Credits

hvac
February 18, 2013 by in Featured | Green

Just two months from now, it’s time to pay the taxman once again – but for some homeowners, there may be a new way to cut the bill. The government legislation that avoided the so-called fiscal cliff included a provision that retroactively reinstated 25C Tax Credits for residential energy efficiency home improvements (up to $500… Read More →

SOLON Completes 459 kW Solar Project

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February 14, 2013 by in Business News | Energy | Green

SOLON Corporation, one of the largest providers of turnkey solar power plants in the United States, today announced it has completed construction of a 459 kilowatt (kW) PV system at the Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Facility for the Town of Gila Bend. The system is expected to offset the energy usage of the water treatment… Read More →

Arizona regulators cut TEP’s solar incentives

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January 24, 2013 by in Business News | Energy | Green | Tech

The Arizona Corporation Commission is reducing incentives provided by Tucson Electric Power Cop. for residential rooftop solar installations to generate electricity or heat water. The commission also is eliminating Tucson Electric’s incentives for commercial customers’ renewable energy generation, according to the Arizona Daily Star. Commissioner Gary Pierce says the cuts approved Wednesday are justified because… Read More →

Arizona regulators cut TEP's solar incentives

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January 24, 2013 by in Business News | Energy | Green | Tech

The Arizona Corporation Commission is reducing incentives provided by Tucson Electric Power Cop. for residential rooftop solar installations to generate electricity or heat water. The commission also is eliminating Tucson Electric’s incentives for commercial customers’ renewable energy generation, according to the Arizona Daily Star. Commissioner Gary Pierce says the cuts approved Wednesday are justified because… Read More →

Arizona land set aside for renewable energy projects

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January 19, 2013 by in Business News | Energy | Green

More than 192,000 acres of land in Arizona is being dedicated to utility-scale renewable energy projects. The U.S. Department of the Interior says the land primarily had been used for farming and has few environmental conflicts. The decision announced Friday marks the end of a three-year environmental analysis of land that can be used for… Read More →

Valley Forward Exands its horizon

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December 26, 2012 by in Business News | Green

Timing is everything, even when it comes to Mother Nature. “In 2010, we got an $85,000 grant to look at some federal issues on sustainability,” says Diane Brossart, president and CEO of Valley Forward, which brings business and civic leaders together to improve the environment and livability of Valley communities. “We were asked to target… Read More →

Which Common Brands Are Most Sustainable?

As you do your shopping this holiday season, would it help to know exactly which toys, electronics, food and other items are better for the environment? A prominent researcher at the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University is helping to develop a system that will tell retailers, manufacturers, and eventually consumers,… Read More →

Arizona ranked second in solar installation capacity

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December 14, 2012 by in Business News | Energy | Green

A report released this week shows that Arizona is ranked second nationwide when it comes to the capacity of solar installations. The report issued by the Solar Energy Industries Association covers the third quarter of 2012. According to the report, Arizona came had 192 megawatts of energy installed during that time behind California. Rounding out… Read More →

Colorado River viewed as vanishing resource

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December 12, 2012 by in Business News | Green

The federal government isn’t going to tap the Missouri River to slake the thirst of a drought-parched Southwest, the government’s top water official said Wednesday. But rising demand and falling supply have water managers in the arid West considering a host of other options to deal with dire projections that the Colorado River — the… Read More →

Scottsdale company opens first vehicle charging station

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December 10, 2012 by in Business News | Energy | Green

A Scottsdale-based company is opening the first of 26 planned charging stations for electric vehicles along Interstate 10 in Arizona. Officials with GOe3, Secretary of State Ken Bennett and members of the Clean Cities coalitions are having a ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday at the Bowlin Travel Centers’ Picacho Peak Plaza between Phoenix and Tucson. The company… Read More →

BLM Phoenix district gets new manager

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December 1, 2012 by in Business News | Green

A longtime employee of the Bureau of Land Management has been named as the new manager of the agency’s Phoenix district. The agency says Mary D’Aversa will begin her new assignment on Jan. 28. She will be responsible for 2.4 million acres in Arizona. The Phoenix district manager also oversees the Hassayampa and Lower Sonoran… Read More →