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Willcox businesses get USDA solar grants

As part of President Obama's rural economic bus tour Aug. 17, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced recipients of the agency's Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) grants- 10 of which will be given to small Arizona rural businesses.

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Kingman wind (and solar) farm producing electricity

A small wind farm just outside of Kingman began delivering electricity to UniSource Energy Services last week, reported the developer, Western Wind Energy Corp. The power plant uses five wind turbines and a small solar array to generate electricity, making it unique in Arizona for its combination of wind and solar at one facility.

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$18.5M federal grant to ASU-lead research center will bolster solar industry

Arizona State University is setting up a research group to help the solar industry with an $18.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy. The federal grant will foster the creation of the Engineering Research Center for Quantum Energy and Sustainable Solar Technologies (QESST), based in ASU's Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.

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Gabrielle Giffords’ solar summit provides inside look at state’s efforts

Arizona's solar industry players, from policy makers to industry officials, spent a little time Wednesday talking about the past and future at the behest of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Giffords, the Democratic representative from Tucson, has been a huge proponent of solar. Even though she is still recovering from a gunshot wound to the head, she and her staff are still pushing the solar agenda.

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Phoenix-area schools get solar energy

A new solar plant in Florence has started churning out power for nearly one dozen Phoenix-area school districts and will soon be available to residential customers who don't want to hassle with rooftop solar panels. Salt River Project said the new 20-megawatt Copper Crossing Solar Ranch is part of the utility's effort to ramp up production of renewable-energy sources.

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