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Wilson Electric Solar Energy Projects to Save Phoenix School More Than $1.5M

by in Building Green | Business News

Washington Elementary School District completed a 961 kW solar energy project for Sunnyslope Elementary School and Mountain View Elementary School (above photo) in North Phoenix. In the first year of operation, the school district will save more than $28,000 in operational expenses, which is expected to grow to $1.5M over the next 20 years. Wilson… Read More →

Shea Homes partners with Sunrun

by in Business News | Green | Real Estate

Shea Homes is proud to announce a partnership with Sunrun, the nation’s largest home solar company, to help homeowners go solar without the high cost and hassle of owning and maintaining a solar system. Through this partnership, homeowners can opt to have affordable solar preinstalled on their new homes.  The solar is lower in cost… Read More →

Family Moves Into First SRP Energy Star Home
by in Business News | Green | Real Estate

When Tamee and George Simbles moved into their 3,100-square-foot home last week, they became the first family to reside in a new SRP Energy Star Home. For Tamee, there were certain must-haves when house hunting. She wanted to downsize to a single-story home “with less space to clean” but still needed a bonus room so… 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 →

Campaign issue: Energy


Americans depend on energy for everything from driving their cars to powering factories, homes and offices — and of course our smartphones, laptops and tablets. How that energy is produced and where it comes from affect jobs, the economy and the environment. Where they stand: President Barack Obama proposes an “all of the above” strategy… Read More →

Federal plan to streamline solar development in Arizona OK’d

by in Business News | Economy | Green

Federal officials on Friday approved a plan that sets aside 285,000 acres of public land for the development of large-scale solar power plants, cementing a new government approach to renewable energy development in the West after years of delays and false starts. The government is establishing 17 new “solar energy zones” on 285,000 acres in… Read More →

Walmart Expands Solar Initiative in Arizona


Walmart today launched an expansion of its solar initiative in Arizona at its Buckeye distribution center near Phoenix. The distribution center will feature Walmart’s largest solar installation to date with more than 14,000 solar panels on a 1 MSF building and parking canopies that will produce up to 30% of the center’s energy needs. The… Read More →

Wind, solar projects in Arizona on fast track

by in Business News | Economy | Green | Tech

The Obama administration has put two renewable energy projects in Arizona on the fast track. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Tuesday that the projects in Mohave County and Quartzsite are among seven in the West that will be expedited. Together, the projects are expected to produce nearly 5,000 megawatts of energy, or enough to power… Read More →

Duke Energy Renewables Acquires Arizona Solar Farm From SOLON

duke energy renewables - solar panel

Duke Energy Renewables has acquired a 10-megawatt (MW) utility-scale solar project near Kingman, Ariz., from SOLON Corp. The Black Mountain Solar Project under construction in Mohave County is expected to achieve commercial operation in October of this year. UniSource Energy Services (UES) will purchase the power generated at the Black Mountain site through a 20-year… Read More →

APS Ranked As One Of Nation’s Top Solar Companies


Arizona Public Service Company’s efforts to increase the adoption of renewable energy like solar continue to earn national recognition. APS was ranked third in the Annual Megawatts category and fourth in the Annual Watts Per Customer Category – both rankings the highest ever for the company – in the 2011 Utility Solar Rankings announced on… Read More →

First Solar Expands Board Of Directors

First Solar 2 vacancies for board members

First Solar, Inc. announced that it nominated two new candidates for election to the Company’s Board of Directors and that it has expanded the size of the Board to eleven from nine, creating two vacancies as it continues to seek additional independent directors. As detailed in its Proxy Statement, which was filed today with the… Read More →

Speaker: Lori Singleton ~ BIG Green Expo & Conference 2011

BIG Green Expo & Conference 2011
by in Events | Green

Lori Singleton, Salt River Project (SRP) Lori Singleton is the manager of sustainability initiatives and technologies at Salt River Project. She is a 29-year employee of SRP and 40-year resident of Arizona. She is responsible for design and implementation of SRP’s environmental outreach programs with special focus on renewable energy. Lori’s responsibilities at SRP include… Read More →

Largest Commercial Solar Rooftop System in Arizona Unveiled

Empire Power Systems
by in Green | Real Estate | Tech

Empire Power Systems this week completed the installation of an $11.5 million, 2.4 megawatt SunPower solar rooftop system on the Cowley Industrial Park building in South Phoenix. The project is the largest commercial solar rooftop system in Arizona and the second largest in U.S. Cowley Companies, a Phoenix-based real estate investment firm, decided to install… Read More →

Newly Formed Arizona Commerce Authority Convenes Its Inaugural Board Meeting

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by in Blogs | Finance | Workforce

Vowing that “today the rubber hits the road,” Gov. Jan Brewer and Jerry Colangelo assembled and introduced 35 state leaders representing diverse backgrounds for the inaugural board meeting of the Arizona Commerce Authority. The private-sector board will work to align diverse assets and opportunities within the state to compete economically in both domestic and international… Read More →