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(The following information was provided by AriSEIA. Updated Monday, February 13, 2012)

Please consider contacting Arizona legislators concerning bill number HB 2789. Arizona Representative Lesko has proposed legislation that would slow down the approval process for renewable energy plans.

Bill Overview:

The bill number is HB 2789 and is titled "corporation commission rules; legislative approval." The bill can be read here. What this bill essentially does is add an additional layer of government to the approval process of renewable energy plans. The industry would have to work with the Corporation Commission in October/November of one year to create the plan and then go to the Legislature in January/February of the following year to have the plan approved. This would be unnecessarily burdensome! The Corporation Commission is the entity that handles solar planning. The Legislature is not in a position to do so. They do not have the time or necessary experience. If the legislature does not approve the proposed renewable plan, businesses and consumers would be left with extreme uncertainty, leading to increased confusion in the marketplace.

Points to discuss:

  • The bill is likely unconstitutional.
  • The bill adds another layer of government regulation, wasting the resources of the utilities, Legislature and ACC, and affected companies.
  • The Arizona Corporation Commission is an elected body with the expertise to properly adopt or modify decisions.

What you can do:

  • Attend the first hearing, which is now expected before the House Government Committee on Tuesday, February 14th at 2:00 pm. (Location: House of Representatives, 1700 W. Washington, Phoenix 85007)
  • If you can't attend, oppose the bill remotely. If you have never signed in at the AZ Capitol to support/oppose a bill, you will need to sign in first.
  • Call or email the Government Committee members. Below you will find the list of Representatives that serve on the Committee. Please call and/or email all of them to share your concerns.

 

 

Name

District

Email

Phone #

Rep. Ben Arredondo, D

17

barredondo@azleg.gov

602-926-4124

Rep. Tom Forese, R

21

tforese@azleg.gov

602-926-5168

Rep. David Gowan, R

30

dgowan@azleg.gov

602-926-3312

Rep. Katie Hobbs, D

15

khobbs@azleg.gov

602-926-5325

Rep. Eric Meyer, D

11

emeyer@azleg.gov

602-926-3037

Rep. Steve Montenegro, R

12

smontenegro@azleg.gov

602-926-5955

Rep. Michelle Ugenti, R - Chairman

8

mugenti@azleg.gov

602-926-4480

Rep. Steve Urie, R

22

surie@azleg.gov

602-926-4136

 

Respectfully,

Arizona Solar Center
www.azsolarcenter.org

 

 

(Archive) - See www.azsolarcenter.org/solar-in-arizona/testing-demo-facilities/aps-star-center.html for an updated description.

apsstr1 dish/Stirling

apsstr2 High-concentration PV

Arizona Public Service Company (APS) operates the Solar Test And Research (STAR) facility to provide solar resource monitoring, small scale performance testing of new products, and to act as a staging area to ready and test equipment being installed for customer service. The STAR facility, which is located in the buffer area at the Ocotillo Power Plant in Tempe, is currently the focal point of APS' solar test and evaluation program.

The mission of the STAR facility is to:

  • Support the customer services and utility applications that use renewable energy equipment
  • Help determine which products and services have the best potential for economic use by APS and its customers in the next five years
  • Help the Company, its suppliers and other utilities work together to develop renewable energy options that can be cost effective

Solar technologies currently under evaluation at STAR include crystalline, thin film and high concentration photovoltaics, remote (off-grid) residential solar units, grid-tied rooftop PV systems, grid-tied utility PV systems and a dish/Stirling solar thermal electric generation system. For information about tours of the facility, see the Solar Tours page. Visit the APS web site for more information on their solar programs.

apsstr4

apsstr3 apsstr5

PV Test Rig

80 kW PV Power Plant

Inverter Testing

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Eligible borrowers:
Small businesses

Eligible systems:
PV (including grid-independent) and solar thermal systems, plus many other renewable energy systems and efficiency measures must have a positive effect on business cash flow

Loan Amount:
Up to $750,000 guaranty for 7(a) loan

Guaranty:
Can be 80% up to $100,000; 75% if greater than $100,000

For more Info:
(800) 8-ASK-SBA
www.sba.gov

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The Small Business Administration (SBA), an independent agency of the Executive Branch of the Federal government, is charged with providing advocacy, management, procurement, and financial assistance to American small businesses.

SBA provides business loans to eligible and creditworthy small businesses by guaranteeing loans made by participating lenders. The guaranty transfers the risk of borrower nonpayment, up to the amount of the guaranty, from the tender to the SBA. Therefore, businesses applying for an SBA loan are actually applying for a commercial loan having an SBA guaranty.

Under this concept, when a business applies to a lender for financing, the lender first decides whether it can make the loan itself or if certain aspects of the application require an SBA guaranty. The SBA guaranty is available only to the lender. The government will reimburse the lender for any loss, up to the percentage of SBA's guarantee. Under this program, however, the borrower remains obligated for the full amount due.

Lenders generally seek a SBA guaranty after they have evaluated the credit merit of the application and determined that a SBA guaranty is needed. Through its guaranty, SBA can help tens of thousands of businesses each year obtain financing that would otherwise not be available.

A key concept of the 7(a) guaranty loan program is that the loan actually comes from a commercial lender not the government. The lender may be unwilling to provide the loan even with the SBA guaranty, and this is permissible. The agency does not make loans by itself. It is important that applicants know the criteria and requirements of lenders as well as those of the SBA.

Information Provided by the U.S. Department of Energy

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Eligible borrowers:
People and businesses

Eligible systems:
Solar thermal, PV (grid-tied, with 10-year payback limit); measures increasing energy efficiency by 30% over code

Loan Amount
No limit

Interest Rates:
Market rates with discounts available on some Energy Star home loans

Collateral:
First mortgage to 120%

For more Info:
(888) STAR-YES
www.epa.gov

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) moves into the 21st century with a blueprint for achieving vital public health and environmental protections for U.S. citizens over the next five years. This includes continuing EPA's mission to protect human health and safeguard the natural environment (air, water, and land) upon which life depends.

Environmental protection contributes to making our communities and ecosystems diverse, sustainable, and economically productive. The Environmental Financing Program seeks to increase environmental investments by creating partnerships with states, local governments, and the private sector to fund environmental programs and projects.

The Energy Star Financing Program works with lenders to provide special financing for buyers of Energy Star rated homes. The Energy Star Homes Program encourages builders to construct homes that are 30% more energy efficient than homes built to the model energy code. Some Energy Star rated builders are including solar thermal and photovoltaic systems.

Currently, three national lenders and several regional lenders are offering Energy Star mortgages. These involve special underwriting guidelines that allow home buyers to purchase homes with mortgages 10% to 24% higher than they would have qualified if the home were not Energy Star rated.

In addition, several Energy Star lenders offer cash discounts at closing that cut closing costs almost in half. All offer competitive interest rates. Even without these special mortgages, an Energy Star rated home provides energy savings that benefit home buyers financially. The monthly energy savings on an Energy Star rated home translate into to point off the interest rate on a 30-year mortgage. EPA/DOE studies indicate that the value of a home increases from $11 to $25 for every $1 reduction in annual utility bills.

Information Provided by the U.S. Department of Energy

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Eligible borrowers:

Veterans and servicepersons

Eligible systems:
Solar thermal, PV, energy-efficiency measures

Loan Amount
Typically, up to $203,000

Terms:
15 to 30 years

Interest Rates:
Fixed

Collateral:
First mortgage to 100% loan-to-value plus cost

For more Info:
1(800) 848-4909
www.va.gov

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) guarantees mortgage loans for veterans and service persons. The guaranty allows veterans to obtain home loans with favorable loan terms, usually without a down payment. A lender, such as a mortgage company, savings and loan, or bank, makes these loans. The VA mortgage loan guaranty program offers a guarantee on loans made to eligible veterans.

Veterans are able to negotiate the interest rate and terms of a VA loan. The loan amount depends on the borrower's income and the value of the property. Although VA has no maximum loan, lenders typically will not exceed $203,000 because of secondary market considerations. The local VA office can provide on guaranty and entitlement amounts.

A VA loan maybe used to buy a home, which includes a townhouse or condominium unit in a VA-approved project; to build a home; to simultaneously and improve a home; and to buy a manufactured home, or lot, or both. A VA loan may also be used to improve a home by installing energy-related features such as solar heating and cooling systems, water heaters, insulation, weather-stripping and caulking, storm windows, storm doors, or other energy efficient improvements approved by the lender and VA.

These features may be added with the purchase of an existing dwelling or by refinancing a home owned and occupied by the veteran. A loan can be increased up to $3,000 based on documented costs or up to $6,000 if the increase in the mortgage payment offset by the expected reduction in utility costs. A refinanced loan my not exceed 90% of the appraised value plus the costs of the improvements. VA allows an increase in the veteran's mortgage amount for energy-related improvements, within certain limits and with appropriate documentation. A veteran may refinance an existing VA loan to retrofit a home with energy efficient measures. In new construction, a photovoltaic or solar thermal system can be included in the sale price of the home. Check with a lender or VA for details.

Information Provided by the U.S. Department of Energy

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hud

Eligible borrowers:
Anyone qualifying for certain FHA, EEM and Title I Loans

Eligible systems:
Solar Thermal space and water heating; PV

Loan Amount:
HUD area limits

Terms:
15 and 30 years

Collateral:
To 120% loan-to-value, depending on loan type

Interest rate:
Fixed or variable

For more Info:

Phoenix: 602-379-4461

Tucson: 520-670-6237

The broad mission of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development is "to help create communities of opportunity." HUD's principal community building goals are to develop affordable housing and increase ownership opportunities for low- and moderate-income families.

Community Development Block Grant Program-HUD's primary neighborhood support program provides more than $4.5 billion a year to local governments. More than one-third goes for property rehabilitation, often financed in cooperation with private interest and capital buy- downs. Programs that promote energy efficiency and renewable energy are encouraged.

HOME Investment Partnership Program-This program can be used for housing rehabilitation that includes energy conservation. HOME also supports new construction that meets the Council of American Building Officials (CABO) Model Energy Code standards. More than $ 1 billion a year is provided to applicant state and local governments for investment in long-term affordable housing for lower income families. Joint ventures by state and local governments, public utility companies, and nonprofit providers are encouraged.

HOPE VI-Hope VI is a special public housing program providing $2 billion over several years to permit local housing authorities to demolish high-rise public housing buildings and replace them with new garden apartments for occupants of mixed income levels. This new construction, built to CABO Model Energy Code standards, should also provide opportunities to demonstrate solar energy systems.

FHA- Insured Lending Programs- Lenders can obtain the HUD/Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Use of Materials (UM) 300 Bulletin from HUD. It explains the technical requirements that a solar water heating system must meet to qualify for an FHA-insured loan. A UM 200 Bulletin for PV systems should be available in early 1999.

Several HUD programs can help with financing solar energy systems. For example, FHA mortgage insurance is available for solar energy systems in the following three ways:

1. The Energy Efficient Mortgage Program-In 1995, following a two-year demonstration, FHA announced its version of the energy-efficient mortgage (EEM) program. An EEM recognizes that the improved energy efficiency of a house can increase its afford ability by reducing operating costs.

Eligible properties include new and existing 1- to 4- unit properties. Energy improvements must be identified with a home energy rating. The resulting cost-effective improvements may not be valued at more than 5% of the property value, up to $8,000, to qualify the borrower for a higher mortgage. The FHA maximum mortgage limit for an area may be exceeded by the amount of the improvements. An EEM can be used in conjunction with FHA Section 203 (b), 203(k), 221(d)(2), 234(c), and 203(h) loans for both purchases and refinances.

2. Mortgage Increase for Solar Systems- In 1978 Congress authorized FHA to exceed by 20% the maximum loan limit under Section 203(b) home ownership and 203(k) property rehabilitation, and other mortgage insurance sections to allow for the installation of solar heating and domestic hot water systems. There also must be 100% operational conventional backup systems. Initially provided for passive and active solar hot water systems, this authorization is being adjusted to cover photovoltaic systems.

3. Title I Property Improvement Mortgage Insurance- Title I insurance enables lenders to make property improvement loans to creditworthy borrowers with little or no equity in their homes. For single family homes, the maximum loan $25,000. These second mortgages do not require energy efficiency calculations. Borrowers can piggyback Title I on Title 11 to help finance solar improvements that otherwise would not be eligible under the first mortgage.

Information Provided by the U.S. Department of Energy

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Eligible borrowers:
Federal Agencies; utilities; energy service companies; state governments

Eligible systems:
Solar thermal, PV, energy efficiency measures

Amounts:
Varies

Terms:
Up to 25 years using ESPCs

Interest Rates:
0%

For more Info:
1(800) 363-3732
www.doe.gov
www1.eere.energy.gov/femp/

Federal Buildings - The Federal government spends more than $3 billion a year on its electric bill for more than 500,000 Federal facilities. Therefore, the President has directed Federal agencies to reduce their energy use by 30% from 1985 levels by the year 2005.

Achieving this goal will save taxpayers more than $1 billion a year. But it will also require initial investments of about $5 billion in energy projects for Federal facilities. As Federal budgets shrink, agencies must turn to the private sector for these investments.

Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) are a congressionally approved mechanism for funding capital improvements using private-sector funds rather than appropriations. Congress explicitly authorizes and encourages agencies to use this purchasing and financing vehicle to retrofit aging facilities with energy-saving, environmentally beneficial improvements and to acquire related maintenance services.

Utilities can also provide financing for solar projects under Basic Ordering Agreements. The Utility PhotoVoltaic Group includes some of the most active utilities; it can provide technical support to rural utilities that have appropriate applications, such as Forest Service cabins, at the end of utility lines that are expensive to maintain.

A number of Federal PV and solar thermal projects are already under way using ESPCs. In this process, an energy service company (ESCO) pays the up-front cost of purchasing and installing energy-efficient equipment that will reduce a facilitys operations and maintenance (O&M) bills. The government then repays the ESCO a share of the utility and related O&M cost savings over the lie of the contract, which can be up to 25 years.

Super ESPCs canbe used by and Federal Agency, and there are two types: regional and technology-specific. DOEs Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) is releasing six regional Super ESPCs, each designated for a particular area of the nation. Technology-specific Super ESPCs typically focus on a particular technology, such as solar collectors, and they apply to the entire nation.

FEMP is currently emphasizing technology-specific Super ESPCs because these contracts enable the Federal government to use its substantial buying power to stimulate growth in environmentally friendly emerging technologies. The technologies covered under these contracts can be bundled with energy-efficient measures to make the results even more economical. The cost of the solar energy system installed under such a contract must meet 33% of the total dollar value of all the energy retrofits.

Technology-specific ESPCs are a streamlined process for acquiring PV and solar thermal systems using a simple delivery order. For more information on ESPC contracting, see the DOE FEMP Web site, www.eren.doe.gov/femp/

Information Provided by the U.S. Department of Energy

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Eligible borrowers:
Rural development borrowers, RUS utilities

Eligible systems:
Solar thermal, PV

Loan Amount
$300,000 (avg.)

Terms:
10 years

Interest Rates:
0%

Collateral:
As negotiated with the RUS borrower

For more Info:
1(202) 720-4323
www.usda.gov

U.S. Department of Agriculture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Mission Area is committed to helping improve the economy and the quality of life in all of rural America. Its financial programs support such essential public facilities and services as water and sewer systems, housing, health clinics, emergency service facilities, and electric and telephone service.

The USDA promotes economic development by supporting loans to businesses through banks and community- managed lending pools. The department offers technical assistance and information to help agricultural and other cooperatives get started, improve the effectiveness of their member services, and help communities undertake community empowerment programs.

The USDA Rural Development Mission Area offers these three services: Rural Housing Service (RHS), Rural Business-Cooperative Service, and Rural Utilities Service (RUS). Through RHS, Farmer Mac (formerly the Farmers Home Administration or FmHA) guarantees and insures loans in rural areas. Farmer Mac provides a secondary market for agricultural real estate and rural housing mortgage loans. The RHS offers the following programs: Community Facilities Loans, Resource Conservation and Development Loans, Home Ownership Loans, Rural Rental Housing Loans, Home Improvement and Repair Loans and Grants, Self -Help Housing Loans, Rural Housing Site Loans, and Farm Labor Housing Loans and Grants.

The Rural Business -Cooperative Service offers Business and Industry Guaranteed and Direct Loans, Intermediary Relending Program Loans, Rural Business Enterprise Grants, Rural Economic Development Loans and Grants, and Rural Cooperative Development Grants. Rural Business Cooperative Service programs are designed to facilitate the development of' small business enterprises and other economic opportunities in rural areas. Public bodies, nonprofit corporations, and Indian Tribal groups are eligible for all programs; other legally organized entities (cooperatives, partnerships, trust, of profit entities) are also eligible under Business and Industry Guaranteed and Direct Loan Programs.

The Rural Business-Cooperative Service offers a "'Rural Economic Development Loan Program" that provides zero-interest loans to RUS borrowers to promote rural economic development and create jobs. The maximum loan amount depends on the amount of funds available each fiscal year. Recently, the average loan has been $300,000. The Rural Economic Development Grant Program provides grants to RUS borrowers to promote economic development. Grants are used to establish revolving loan funds to provide infrastructure or community facilities in rural areas that will lead to economic stability.

RUS also administers two electric loan programs: the Guaranteed Program and the Direct Loan Program. The Guaranteed Program is used primarily by power supply cooperatives or borrowers and is a 100% loan guarantee program. The interest rate is based on the Treasury yield curve (20-30 years). There is $300 million available in this program. The Direct Loan Program is based on appropriations from Congress. The interest rate is based on the municipal bond rate for AA utilities. Photovoltaics is an eligible technology (including grid-independent systems) for RUS loan programs. The 60 electricity generation & transmission companies and 800 cooperatives are eligible for this loan program.

Information Provided by the U.S. Department of Energy

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Eligible borrowers:
Natural person (not a business); there are some restrictions on resident aliens

Eligible systems:
PV (including grid-independent systems) and solar thermal, to 10% above base loan with an energy-efficient mortgage

Loan Amount
Up to $227,150

Terms:
15, 20, and 30 years

Interest Rates:
Fixed at market rates/variable at prime rate +2%

Collateral:
First mortgage to 95% loan-to-value

For more Info:
1(800) FREDDIE
www.freddiemac.com

Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation

The Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (FHLMC), also known as "Freddie Mac," is a secondary mortgage lender that purchases mortgages from lenders, packages the mortgages as securities, and sells the securities (guaranteed by Freddie Mac) to investors such as insurance companies and pension funds. Freddie Mac, a congressionally chartered institution, is privately owned by its shareholders and is accountable to them as well as to an 18-member board of directors.

Mortgage lenders use the proceeds from selling loans to Freddie Mac to fund new mortgages, constantly replenishing the pool of funds available for loans to homebuyers and apartment owners. Just as stock and bond markets have put investor capital to work for corporations, the secondary mortgage market puts private investor capital to work for homebuyer and apartment owners, providing a continuous flow of affordable funds for home financing.

Freddie Mac's programs are similar to Fannie Mae's. Freddie Mac encourages energy efficiency by providing specific criteria for energy efficient mortgages (EEMs) that Freddie Mac is willing to buy on the secondary mortgage market.

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Information Provided by the U.S. Department of Energy

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Eligible borrowers:
For energy efficiency improvements: eligible borrowers and certain utility customers

Eligible systems:
Energy efficiency upgrades; solar water and space heating systems; PV

Loan Amount
Typically up to $15,500

Terms:
Up to 10 Years

Collateral:
Unsecured

For more Info:
1(800) 732-6643
www.fanniemae.com



Information Provided By:
U.S. Department of Energy

Fannie Mae

Fannie Mae, formerly known as the Federal National Mortgage Association or FNMA, is a congressionally chartered, shareholder-owned company and the nation's largest source of home mortgage funds. Fannie Mae is willing to buy, bundle, and sell certain energy efficient as well as traditional mortgages on the secondary market. The corporation also provides financing for certain consumer loans involving energy efficiency improvements.

In March 1994, Fannie Mae launched 'Showing America a New Way Home" by pledging to earmark $1 trillion to finance more than 10 million homes for low-income families, minorities, immigrants in cities, and people with special housing needs. As part of this initiative, Fannie Mae is working with utility companies to assist customers by providing a low-cost source of funds that allow homeowners to finance energy efficiency improvements.

Fannie Mae is partnering with utility companies to provide low- interest, unsecured consumer loans to utility customers for the purpose of installing residential energy efficiency improvements. Compared with other unsecured consumer loans, the Residential Energy Efficiency Improvement Loan program provides a below- market interest rate and promotes a bundled approach to efficiency upgrades. Solar water and space heaters as well as photovoltaic power systems (including grid- independent PV systems) are eligible technologies for this loan program.

Under the 'Opening Doors for Every American' campaign, the Fannie Mae Corporation is conducting a national education effort using multilingual media to provide all potential home buyers with the information they need to become homeowners. The corporation also hosts consumer housing fairs in cities nationwide.

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2005 Bills and Updates

12/1/05  - HR 4300 May Not Make It Through Legislative Gauntlet - Solar Action Alert

  • Congressmen Mike Ferguson (R-NJ) has just introduced HR 4300, a bill to extend the federal tax credits for residential solar applications. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 authorized federal tax credits to homeowners and businesses that install energy-efficient solar panels on their properties. However, these tax credits expire after 2007. Read full document here (PDF)

5/17/05  - Update on Arizona Solar Legislation SB 1380

  • With the end of the legislative session last Thursday evening also came the end of the road for Rep. Mason's Solar Legislation.  With many twists and turns, the measure failed to pass the Senate by 1 vote...  Read full document here (PDF)

4/22/05  - Update on Arizona Solar Legislation SB 1380

  • Rep. Mason's Solar Legislation, SB 1380, is on the House Rules Committee calendar today. We do not expect any problems with the legislation passing House Rules because the language of the bill is...  Read full document here (PDF)

3/30/05  - House Bill 2374 is Moving in the Senate - Solar Action Alert

  • I was just informed this afternoon that HB 2374 - Rep. Mason's Solar Bill - has been assigned to the Senate Finance Committee and may be...   Read full document here (PDF)

3/25/05  - Energy Efficiency and Solar Energy Bills Pass Arizona House

  • The Arizona House passed two energy measures introduced and championed by Rep. Lucy Mason (R-Prescott).  Read full document here (PDF)

3/11/05 - Support Solar Energy Legislation - Solar Action Alert

  • Urgent:  Citizen Contact Requested - HB 2374 solar energy equipment: taxation has passed the Appropriations Committee and is on its way to the Rules Committee - Read full document here (PDF)

2/24/05 - Report of the Governor's Working Group on RE & Energy Efficiency

2/7/05 - Energy Bill - Solar Action Alert

  • Urgent:  Citizen Contact Requested - Congress plans to begin deliberations on a 2005 national energy bill beginning February 9th - Read full document here (PDF)

1/20/05 - House Bills Summary

  • Summary of bills proposed by the current Arizona State Legislature related to the environment and renewable energy along with the bill sponsors and supporters - Read full document here (PDF)

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2004 House Bills
(courtesy Arizona State Legislature Website)

  • ALISHB2526 - Solar electricity; property tax classification - This bill is the most important step forward in renewable energy in Arizona since the Environmental Portfolio Standard.

  • HB2527 and HB2528 - These two bills work together to close loopholes in our building standards for the School Facilities Board and state buildings, such that we must more seriously consider solar PV and hot water as alternatives for energy production.

2004 House Bills Updates

  • 2-17-04 - Bill Progress Update from Rep. Clark

Message from Representative Ken Clark cites the bill has made it through the first committee:

Thank you, everyone! We got the bill through the first committee. Next comes Ways and Means, and then COW. We don't get to stop there! We will then go to the Senate. So, please keep on top of these bills, all the way along.

  • 2-17-04 - Urgent:  Citizen Contact Requested

Next is the House Ways and Means Committee. Citizen contact of committee legislators is effective and necessary to keep on top of these bills all the way through the enactment process and Rep. Clark encourages continued participation and communication of support.  Call and/or write and/or e-mail to all or at least two of the members from each committee that is reviewing the Bills.

  • 3-3-04 - Update from Arizona Solar Energy Association

HB2613, "Taxation; Solar Energy Equipment", introduced by Rep. Graf and co-sponsored by Reps. Boone, Caruthers, Clark, Johnson and Pearce, passed the House Ways & Means committee 12 in favor, none opposed. The bill was heard in Appropriations and passed 13 in favor, none opposed, 4 absent, 2 passes. HB2526, Rep. Clark's bill, has made it through Committee and will be on its way to the floor soon. Those interested in this legislation should contact their Representatives and express their position re: this important Bill.

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2006 Bills and Updates

6/21/06 - HB 2429 - Arizona Solar Legislation

  • Yesterday, the Arizona Senate passed HB2429 by a vote of 23 to 4.  The bill suffered another cut in the cap of the commercial tax credit when the Governor's Office insisted on... Read full document here (PDF)

6/19/06 - HB 2429 - Arizona Solar Legislation

  • The budget has been passed by the House and Senate and is in the Governor's hands.  The logjam of bills that have been waiting Senate action is moving rapidly, in fact,... Read full document here (PDF)

5/27/06 - HB 2429 - Arizona Solar Legislation - Solar Action Alert!

  • Action Heats Up at the Arizona Legislature….it’s time to act!  Legislation and budget matters are beginning to move forward at the Arizona Legislature. HB2429 is still... Read full document here (PDF)

5/16/06 - HB 2429 - Arizona Solar Legislation

  • HB229 is slowly moving forward, however, it is not without potential problems from both the Legislature and the Governor’s office. This year, rather than... Read full document here (PDF)

4/28/06 - HB 2429 - Arizona Solar Legislation

  • Politics, once again may prevent solar energy solar energy legislation from passage in the Arizona Legislatures... Read full document here (PDF)

4/18/06 - HB 2429 - Arizona Solar Legislation - Solar Action Alert!

  • AriSEIA call for action regarding Governor's Office position on HB2429. HB2429 still awaiting a hearing in the Senate Rules Committee, subject approval of House and Senate... Read full document here (PDF)

4/3/06 - HB 2429 - Arizona Solar Legislation

  • It’s good news this time around. At last weeks meeting, the Natural Resources and Rural Affairs Committee, by a 6 to 0 margin, passed HB2429 solar energy taxation... Read full document here (PDF)

3/17/06 - HB 2429 - Arizona Solar Legislation

  • This past week was not kind to solar energy in Arizona- especially to homeowners in Arizona who would like to install multiple solar technologies... Read full document here (PDF)

3/13/06 - HB 2429 - Arizona Solar Legislation - Solar Action Alert!

  • We are off to the Senate with HB2429 - solar energy tax incentives.  We will have a hearing before the Natural Resources and Rural Affairs Committee on March 15... Read full document here (PDF)

2/24/06 - HB 2429 - Arizona Solar Legislation - Solar Action Alert!

  • We are down to the wire on HB2429 - solar energy tax incentives in the House of Representatives. We expect a final vote on the bill sometime next week, possibly as early as Tuesday... Read full document here (PDF)

2/15/06 - HB 2429 - Arizona Solar Legislation - Solar Action Alert!

  • The House Ways and Means Committee approved HB2429 with a 7 to 0 vote on Monday.  Two members were absent.  As in the past, support for the bill came... Read full document here (PDF)

2/13/06 - New Solar Initiative for Arizona

  • The initiative involves the state of Arizona, the universities, BP and potentially other companies, a new RFP with initial funding, a variety of possible technologies, and a good shot at greatly accelerating solar energy leadership in Arizona.  Read full document here (PDF)

2/08/06 - HB 2429 - Arizona Solar Legislation - Solar Action Alert!

  • Solar energy tax incentives is going to be heard in the Ways and Means Committee on Monday, February 13.  We need your support for this and other renewable energy efficiency legislation.  Read full document here (PDF)

1/23/06 - HB 2429 - Arizona Solar Legislation - Solar Action Alert!

  • Solar energy tax incentives has been introduced in the Arizona House of Representatives and will face it's first committee hearing on Wednesday (1/25/06) in the Environmental Committee.  Read full document here (PDF)

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5/18/07 - Legislative Update from ASEA

5/3/07 - Legislative Update from ASEA

4/25/07 - Legislative Update from AriSEIA

4/17/07 - Legislative Update from AriSEIA

4/15/07 - Legislative Update from AriSEIA

4/1/07 - Legislative Update from AriSEIA

3/7/07 - Legislative Update from AriSEIA

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6/10/08 - Arizona 2008 Legislative Update


5/22/08 - Arizona 2008 Legislative Update


3/19/08 - Arizona 2008 Legislation


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There’s a lot of work (to do)...

Earlier this summer the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its proposed rules for Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act. This is the rule that deals with reducing carbon emissions from existing power plants by 2030. The proposed rule was shaped by public input and builds upon existing priorities, activities, and efforts in states throughout the country.

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