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Tempe advances plan to increase renewable energy


Mayor Mark Mitchell and the Tempe City Council motioned to approve a 20-year agreement with SolarCity that will put Tempe on the map as an energy efficient city. “I so move to approve this,” said Councilwoman Lauren Kuby, sporting a big smile. Mitchell and the council hope the approval will advance the city’s plan to… Read More →

Solar and Other Ways to Save on Electricity Bills

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In 2013, Arizona earned a new nickname -“the solar state”- by participating in heated debates regarding net metering and the growing solar electric industry. As expected, the utility companies put up a fight, which resulted in a minor victory allowing them to charge a small fee on new residential solar electric installations. But the power… Read More →

McCarthy named to Top 400 Solar Contractors List

The largest photovoltaic system in Arizona is located at the APS Cotton Center Solar Station in Gila Bend. Built by McCarthy Building Companies, the $14.3M, 145-acre facility will generate 17MW of power.

McCarthy Building Companies Inc. was recently named to Solar Power World’s Top 400 Solar Contractors list and was ranked No. 33. The list ranks applicants according to influence in the residential, commercial and utility solar installation markets. McCarthy also ranked No. 23 in the Top 25 Utility Solar Contractors list. “America’s solar industry is currently… 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 →

Benefits of solar: Will anybody listen?


Arizona is about to begin an important discussion on the cost benefits of solar energy. The discussion is scheduled for May 7 as part of a series of workshops the Arizona Corporation Commission has scheduled to examine the impacts of innovation on the utility business model. This workshop comes on the heels of last year’s… Read More →

Gila Bend's Solana Facility Begins Commercial Operation

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Press release originally published at Abengoa, an international company that applies innovative technology solutions for sustainability in the energy and environment sectors, has announced that Solana, the world’s largest parabolic trough plant with a total installed capacity of 280 MW (gross) and also the first solar plant in the United States with thermal energy… 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 →

Polsinelli Shughart attorney Appointed to Solar Task Force

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by in Business News | Energy | Legal

Michael Patterson, an international business attorney with Polsinelli Shughart has been appointed to the Arizona Governor’s Solar Energy Advisory Task Force. Patterson brings to the committee a dedication to the growth of business in Arizona and an in depth knowledge of business and securities transactions, corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, and finance and compliance. “I… Read More →

SRP Selects Six Valley Nonprofits as Finalists to Receive Solar

by in Business News | Green

SRP is inviting its customers to decide which nonprofits, from a list of six finalists, will receive a solar energy system. The 10-kilowatt systems will enable the nonprofits to help offset the cost of electricity and save money on their monthly electric bills. The savings they see will help them direct more funds to the… Read More →

GPEC makes case against solar tariffs

by in Business News | Economy | Green | Tech

In support of the prospering solar industry in the Greater Phoenix metro area, City of Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord testified against proposed tariffs on Chinese-manufactured photovoltaic cells and modules at a hearing of the International Trade Commission in Washington. The City of Goodyear is a member of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) and home… Read More →

SunPower Solar Power Plant Planned For ASU Polytechnic Campus

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by in Green

SRP and Arizona State University (ASU) have teamed up to build a 1-megawatt, solar power plant on the Polytechnic campus in Mesa. The plant will feature the first commercial deployment of SunPower C7 Tracker technology. This solar photovoltaic tracking system concentrates the sun’s power seven times and is designed to achieve the lowest-leveled cost of… Read More →

Debate Over Renewable Energy Tariff For Rebate Customers

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by in Blogs | Green

Solar rebate customers may be faced with a higher renewable energy tariff that will supplement the solar rebate fund to help other customers install solar equipment. Previous articles in the Green Scene section focused on the many available rebates for purchasing solar equipment for a home or business. These articles also focus on the savings… Read More →

Entirely Pure Offers Energy Efficient Mortgage

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by in Green

Entirely Pure is a local, Tempe based company that is dedicated to helping homeowners make their homes sustainable and energy efficient through an array of products and services, while minimizing the work and the worry that comes with securing financing for home improvements and with selecting the right upgrade products for the home. Entirely Pure… Read More →

Solar Energy Builds on Arizona Western College Campus

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The current economic situation has spurred a lot of talk, advertisements and encouragement to buy local and use local to sustain our economy. The Guinness Book of World Records named Yuma, AZ the sunniest city on earth, so where better to utilize innovative solar energy technology on Yuma’s Arizona Western College campus? The Project The… Read More →