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Solar-powered airplane stopping in Phoenix

A solar-powered plane set to embark on a multi-city trip across the United States is scheduled to depart Moffett Field in Mountain View, Calif., on May 1, weather permitting. These are the cities, in order, of where the plane would stop for about 10 days and the distances between their airports: 1. From Mountain View,… Read More →

Arizona ranked No. 2 in solar for 2012

by in Energy | Featured | Green

GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) released U.S. Solar Market Insight: Year-in-Review 2012, an analysis of solar power markets in the United States. With another record-breaking year, solar is the fastest growing energy source in the country, powering homes, businesses and utility grids across the nation. The Solar Market Insight annual edition… Read More →

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 →

Polsinelli Shughart attorney Appointed to Solar Task Force

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 helps 4 Valley Nonprofits get Solar Systems

by in Business News | Energy

Thanks to the generosity of SRP EarthWise Energy customers, four Valley nonprofits will receive solar electric systems. The Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley/Thunderbirds Branch in Guadalupe, Child Crisis Center in Mesa, Chrysalis Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence in Phoenix and The Phoenix Zoo will each receive a solar system up to… Read More →

Arizona regulators cut TEP’s solar incentives

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

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 →

GPEC boosts state’s economy by attracting more foreign direct investment

Funding Startup Companies Jumpstart Economy
by in Business News | Economy

The Greater Phoenix Economic Council’s California 50 program — which aimed to fly 50 Golden State CEOs to Phoenix for an opportunity to tour and explore the region’s business-friendly environment — proved to be so popular that they expanded it to 100 a week after its launch. But it may be GPEC’s pitch to CEOs… Read More →

First Solar buys Chilean solar company

First Solar
by in Business News | Energy | Tech

Solar panel maker First Solar has purchased Chilean solar development company Solar Chile as energy demand continues to rise in the region. The companies provided no financial terms in announcing the deal on Wednesday. First Solar Inc., which is based in Tempe, bought Fundacion Chile’s stake in the company. First Solar and Fundacion Chile created… Read More →

Arizona ranked second in solar installation capacity

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 →

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 →