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APS asks to increase solar access fee

Trilogy at Vistancia, solar homes - AZ Business Magazine May/June 2011

APS requested today that the Arizona Corporation Commission increase the grid access charge established by the Commission in November 2013 from 70 cents per kilowatt – or approximately $5 per month – to $3 per kilowatt, or roughly $21 per month for future residential solar customers. Existing rooftop solar customers would be grandfathered under the… Read More →

First Solar is adding 45 million kWh of clean electricity

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First Solar, Inc. and BELECTRIC announced that they have broken ground on a new 46 megawatt (MWDC) utility-scale power plant, in Oxfordshire, Southern England. When completed, the facility will produce 45 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of clean solar electricity per year, sufficient to power approximately 14,000 average homes or approximately 25% of the estimated 55,400 households… Read More →

First Solar Builds Highest Efficiency Thin Film PV Cell

energy supply - AZ Business Magazine May/June 2012

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 →

APS names McCarthy Supplier of the Year


McCarthy Building Companies was recently recognized by APS as an outstanding business partner at the 2014 APS Supplier of the Year Awards. In total, six companies were selected representing various supply chain-managed categories. McCarthy was recognized in the “Major Projects” category. McCarthy was selected out of more than 4,000 different APS suppliers through a nomination… Read More →

APS Seeks Renewable Energy Projects from Solar


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 →

Green development stays sunny side up

APS Hyder II solar power plant located in Hyder, Arizona.

Debates over energy consumption, reduction and alternatives occur frequently in the increasingly “green” world. Arizona stands as a leader in the alternative energy market with the use of solar, geothermal energy and natural gas as alternatives to more traditional energy providers. Even through the decline of green building projects, as reported by Forbes, major companies… Read More →

OneRoof Energy Expands Phoenix Call Center

Clean Energy

OneRoof Energy, Inc., a complete solar services provider and subsidiary of OneRoof Energy Group, Inc., announced today that it plans to triple its existing call center from 40 full time employees to 120 full time employees, adding 80 jobs to the Phoenix market over the next twelve months. The call center expansion is necessary to… Read More →

ASU opens 2 more PowerParasols

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In order to line up more with Arizona State University’s goals of being carbon neutral on campus by 2025, the New American University has teamed up with start-up company, Strategic Solar, and has opened up two more PowerParasols on campus. Morgan R. Olsen, executive vice president, treasurer and CFO at ASU, said that these projects… Read More →

ASU engages with NASA’s Solar Research Institute

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Arizona State University Foundation Professor Kip Hodges is co-investigator and ASU principal investigator for a node of the new NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI). SSERVI brings nine teams of researchers from NASA laboratories, universities, research institutions, and commercial enterprises together in a collaborative virtual setting to focus on questions concerning planetary science… Read More →

ACC issues residential solar recommendations


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 →

Arizona Solar Firms form advocacy group

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 →

APS proposes changing solar rates


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 →

3 renewable energy projects approved


The Interior Department has approved three renewable energy projects in Nevada and Arizona that officials say will generate enough electricity to power nearly 200,000 homes. The projects are the first renewable energy projects on public lands approved by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell since she took office in April. The projects will deliver a combined 520… Read More →

Solar Energy Powers Aspire Kids Sports Center

energy supply - AZ Business Magazine May/June 2012
by in Energy | Featured | Green | Tech

As the sounds of kids jumping, tumbling and somersaulting echo through the Aspire Kids Sports Center in Chandler, solar panels silently soak in the sun on the roof of the 32,000-square-foot facility. With the help of incentives from the SRP EarthWise Solar Program, owners Scott and Dona Barclay have invested in the 100-kilowatt system, which… Read More →