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SRP helps customers choose solar installer

Clean Energy

Installing solar on a home can be a complex process, and Salt River Project has a new Preferred Solar Installer Program to help customers make the best, informed decisions for their particular needs. The program provides a resource for customers to find participating solar installers to guide them through the process.  Qualified SRP Preferred Solar… Read More →

Solar company to move operations from California to Tempe

Solar company warehouse
by in AZRE Magazine | Industrial

An entity owned by California-based Solar Junction, a solar cell manufacturer, purchased a warehouse in Tempe with plans to move Solar Junction operations to the facility near 48th Street and Southern Avenue, according to Lee & Associates, the brokers on the sale. Huntington Geneva LLC, a holding entity for the San Jose-based Solar Junction, acquired… Read More →

Arizona still a power in solar power, despite other states’ gains

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A month after it announced plans to develop a new solar power plant in Gila Bend, Vasari Energy was back in November to double down on its Arizona investment, expanding the plant’s capacity to power more than 7,000 homes. For California-based Vasari Energy it was a smart business move to bolster the company’s planned solar… Read More →

Report: West Valley land on track to increase in value

Arizona Sunset - Future of West Valley
by in AZRE Magazine

The West Valley is emerging as the hottest spot in a state of hotspots, according to Vermaland, a Phoenix-based land banking and land-development company. Approximately $7 billion worth of solar power plants have been constructed and are operating on approximately 15,000 acres in the West Valley, according to Kuldip Verma, CEO and founder of Vermaland.… Read More →

Vermaland supports push to double solar, wind requirements

Vermaland announced its support for a proposal made by the Arizona Corporation Commission chairman, Doug Little, that supports doubling the state’s requirements for solar and wind energy. Under the proposal, utilities would need to generate 30 percent of their power from renewable sources by 2030, according to the Arizona Republic. Citing declining prices and the need to… Read More →

McCarthy Building Companies promotes Abe Babcock

Abe Babcock
by in AZRE Magazine | Construction | Newsmakers

McCarthy Southwest, a division of McCarthy Building Companies Inc., recently promoted Abe Babcock to the role of project director. In this position, Babcock will focus on developing and leading the various internal and external teams on a solar construction project to ensure a successful, integrated approach throughout all phases of the project. Babcock previously served as… Read More →

Tesla offers to acquire SolarCity

Clean Energy

Elon Musk’s Tesla offered to acquire California-based SolarCity, Tuesday. Tesla’s board of directors sent SolarCity an offer on Monday to acquire all of the firm’s outstanding shares, and common stock. Tesla’s current proposal offers to purchase SolarCity’s shares at $26.50 to $28.50 per share, SolarCity is one of the largest solar providers in Arizona, with multiple locations… Read More →

NAU brightens sustainable outlook with solar deal

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Northern Arizona University took its latest step toward long-term sustainable operations Tuesday by announcing that the university will host a large solar panel system on campus. NAU President Rita Cheng signed documents at a ceremony on campus to mark the project’s launch. Student representatives and officials from Arizona Public Service also attended. “There are many people… Read More →

Tips for installing rooftop solar

With an average of 299 sunny days per year, it’s no wonder Arizona is experiencing one of the largest increases in solar installations in the nation.  The abundance of sunshine is wonderful for creating clean, renewable solar energy, but Arizona’s weather isn’t always ideal for our roofs. Weather factors can greatly affect your solar panel… Read More →

New zero-energy housing in Valley hits market

Zero-enrgy housing

Arizona’s latest zero-energy housing, MZ Townhomes are now on the market in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale. As the first of four zero-energy housing projects to be unveiled by MODUS Development, the building features eight townhomes, each complete with a variety of innovative, earth-friendly features that allow for a completely sustainable environment. “This is something that has… Read More →

APS asks to increase solar access fee

Shea homes

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

Solar Power

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

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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 →