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Cool Way to Hot Water

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Movie Summary:

This video examines solar water heating. Solar water heating is one of the most cost effective ways to use solar energy. Though there are many different types of solar water-heating systems, the basic technology is very simple and illustrated in this video.

Runtime is 2 minutes 8 seconds.

Video and audio script (PDF)

 

Streaming Video:

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Notes on Video Downloads:
  • For all download formats, it is possible to save the video to your local drive prior to viewing ("right click" on the download link and select "save as" or "save link as"). Saving the video to a local drive (and not streaming the video) may provide better playback quality.
  • To play, click link normally (appropriate player must be configured on your computer).
  • The Very Small (WMV) option is best for viewing with slow dial-up connections
  • The Large (WMV) option is best for viewing with high speed connections and is recommended for most users.
  • For the best quality possible, select the MPEG download. Please make certain your connection speed and local hard disk space are adequate for download.

Video produced by the Arizona Department of Commerce Energy Office under a
grant from the Million Solar Roof program of the US Department of Energy.

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Plugging into the Sun

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Movie Summary:

This video explores the various uses for photovoltaics cells. From the solar powered calculator to radios, water pumping, street lighting and household use, the photovoltaic cell has found a wide variety of niches throughout modern day society.

Runtime is 2 minutes 26 seconds.

Video and audio script (PDF)

 

Streaming Video:

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Available Formats for Download:
Notes on Video Downloads:
  • For all download formats, it is possible to save the video to your local drive prior to viewing ("right click" on the download link and select "save as" or "save link as"). Saving the video to a local drive (and not streaming the video) may provide better playback quality.
  • To play, click link normally (appropriate player must be configured on your computer).
  • The Very Small (WMV) option is best for viewing with slow dial-up connections
  • The Large (WMV) option is best for viewing with high speed connections and is recommended for most users.
  • For the best quality possible, select the MPEG download. Please make certain your connection speed and local hard disk space are adequate for download.

Video produced by the Arizona Department of Commerce Energy Office under a
grant from the Million Solar Roof program of the US Department of Energy.

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Masters of the Sun

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Movie Summary:

This video traces solar development from the Hohokam Civilization - a Southwest desert culture which began about 200 years before Christ - through other southwestern native cultures whose architectural structures were built with a remarkable sensitivity to the sun’s daily and seasonal movements..

Runtime is 3 minutes 51 seconds.

Video and audio script (PDF)

 

Streaming Video:

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Available Formats for Download:
Notes on Video Downloads:
  • For all download formats, it is possible to save the video to your local drive prior to viewing ("right click" on the download link and select "save as" or "save link as"). Saving the video to a local drive (and not streaming the video) may provide better playback quality.
  • To play, click link normally (appropriate player must be configured on your computer).
  • The Very Small (WMV) option is best for viewing with slow dial-up connections
  • The Large (WMV) option is best for viewing with high speed connections and is recommended for most users.
  • For the best quality possible, select the MPEG download. Please make certain your connection speed and local hard disk space are adequate for download.

Video produced by the Arizona Department of Commerce Energy Office under a
grant from the Million Solar Roof program of the US Department of Energy.

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Pioneers of the Sun

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Movie Summary:

This video examines early efforts to utilize heliograph communications and solar energy in the state of Arizona and includes reenactments of their original uses. The heliograph was one of the first solar experiments in territorial Arizona. In the late 1880s, the U.S. Cavalry employed the heliograph during hostilities with native Americans. Solar developments in Arizona during early part of the 20th century are also explored, from the Eneas Engine and the Day & Night solar water heater to solar cookers and passive solar architecture. Pioneers Arthur Brown, John Yellot, Sherry Cole and Barbara Kerr are recognized for their contributions to solar development in Arizona and elsewhere.

Runtime is 4 minutes 3 seconds.

Video and audio script (PDF)

 

Streaming Video:

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Available Formats for Download:
Notes on Video Downloads:
  • For all download formats, it is possible to save the video to your local drive prior to viewing ("right click" on the download link and select "save as" or "save link as"). Saving the video to a local drive (and not streaming the video) may provide better playback quality.
  • To play, click link normally (appropriate player must be configured on your computer).
  • The Very Small (WMV) option is best for viewing with slow dial-up connections
  • The Large (WMV) option is best for viewing with high speed connections and is recommended for most users.
  • For the best quality possible, select the MPEG download. Please make certain your connection speed and local hard disk space are adequate for download.

Video produced by the Arizona Department of Commerce Energy Office under a
grant from the Million Solar Roof program of the US Department of Energy.

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Solar and Sustainable Buildings Tours

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ASES Sponsored Solar Home Tours

Previous Arizona tours:

American Solar Energy Society (ASES) National Solar Tour website

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Demonstration Sites

The Arizona Energy Office has sponsored several photovoltaic demonstration projects in recent years. The following locations are just a few that have benefited from these projects:
  • Red Rock State Park
  • Desert Sonoran Museum
  • Phoenix Zoo
  • City of Eloy (street lighting)
  • Civano Visitor Center
  • Arizona Science Center
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Solar Testing & Demonstration Facilities

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The APS STAR Center

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.


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TÜV Rheinland Photovoltaic Testing Laboratory - Arizona State University

PV module testing for qualification certification, performance measurement, engineering evaluation, product development, prototype testing, accelerated testing, and outdoor exposure...


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State Energy Office Demonstration Projects

The Arizona Energy Office has sponsored several photovoltaic demonstration projects in recent years. The following locations are just a few that have benefited from these projects.

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APS STAR Center

APS STAR Center redeployed
(December 2011, text provided by APS)

For the last 25 years, the Solar Test and Research (STAR) Center is where Arizona Public Service has worked with manufacturers, universities and government labs to propel technological advancements in converting solar energy into electricity. The goal? To find technologies that would allow solar energy to become a viable resource option for customers.

Success on that front means the STAR Center takes on a new role.

Personnel and focus have transitioned from technology research to solar operations and maintenance. The chief focus is to provide cost-effective support to ensure optimal system production and research the long-term reliability of our solar investments.

Today, more than 21,500 megawatts of solar have been developed globally, with APS having more than 500 megawatts either online or in development. Manufacturers the world over produce roof-integrated tiles; mono- or poly-crystalline photovoltaic panels; solar box ovens; evacuated tube collectors and glazed flat plate collectors; hybrid solar-thermal systems; hybrid solar lighting systems; solar pumps, fans, and switchable windows; mirrors and tracking systems used in trough/parabolic mirror concentrators; and thermal storage systems. And while listing innovations, I’d be remiss not to mention the increasing deployment of passive solar design – well-known to historians and architects, but never studied on site.

This technological cornucopia has overflowed since the STAR Center opened in 1985, and innovation will doubtless continue.

Now, APS is looking to find solutions to the next set of challenges associated with renewable energy. Namely, how the intermittency from solar and wind resources affects APS’s ability to provide reliable and affordable electricity to customers.

So, while the STAR Center will no longer be open to testing and research of new solar technologies, the solar installations currently in place will remain in operation. A majority of the solar panels at STAR will continue to operate and provide clean energy to customers on the APS grid. Those panels that were removed were re-deployed to other solar projects or returned to the manufacturers.

Further, the STAR Center is now also serving as a working laboratory for those learning to install solar electric systems – or for installation companies who are pursuing continuing education opportunities. Though its mission has changed, APS STAR Center will enjoy a long future of service to APS customers and the solar industry.

Contributed by Renee Guillory, DE Partnership Manager, Arizona Public Service

 


See www.azsolarcenter.org/azsc-archive/694-aps-star-center.html for archived version of this entry.

Past and Present Research

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Dish/Stirling

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High-concentration PV

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PV Test Rig

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80 kW PV Power Plant

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Inverter Testing

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Gov. Brewer signs Arizona solar jobs bill

In a major victory for solar advocates in the state, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer today signed SB 1403 into law.

The bill extends tax credits and other incentives to manufactures of renewable energy equipment (mainly solar) if they locate in Arizona and meet other criteria...

Read full story

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Why Not Arizona?

A Presentation to the Governor

This presentation was prepared in August, 2003 for the Governor of Arizona as a report of the Arizona Solar Energy Advisory Council (ASEAC) on the existing status and future potential of solar energy in the state. It takes as its principal theme the relatively minor use of solar power in Arizona, something the Council found ironic given the abundance of solar energy within its border. It suggests that Arizona could and should be the world leader in solar energy research, expertise, information and developments, and it proposes several steps that could bring this reality closer. The presentation was packaged and delivered by Dr. Martin J. Pasqualetti.
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Arizona's Renewable Energy Future

The Status of Renewable Resources and Development in Arizona

The following was prepared for and presented to David Garman, Assistant Secretary of Energy of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, at the Southwest Renewable Energy Fair in Flagstaff, Arizona in August 2003.

The presentation summarizes the measurement of renewable resources and the status of their development in Arizona, as well as the effectiveness of the state Environmental Portfolio Standard. The material contained in the presentation was current as of August 2003.

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Make Content Suggestion

Solar energy, renewable energy and sustainability are increasingly important topics today. And information on these topics is highly dynamic. We make an effort to provide accurate, useful and timely information. Please help us by making suggestions or comments.
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Eight Questions about Solar Power in Arizona

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Key Organizations in Arizona

Arizona Solar Center

Arizona Solar Center

The mission of the Arizona Solar Center is to enhance the utilization of renewable energy, educate Arizona's residents on solar technology developments, support commerce and industry in the development of solar and other sustainable technologies and coordinate these efforts throughout the state of Arizona.


Arizona Solar Energy Association

Arizona Solar Energy Association

The Arizona Solar Energy Association (ASEA), was founded in the mid-70's as a state chapter of the American Solar Energy Society (ASES), the largest solar energy organization in the United States. ASEA's mission is to educate the people of Arizona about solar energy, its applications, and the benefits of utilizing solar technologies.

Minutes from Annual Meeting, January 23, 2010


Arizona Solar Energy Industries Association

Arizona Solar Energy Industries Association

ARISEIA is the Arizona chapter of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). SEIA is the national solar industry trade association and is headquartered in Washington, D.C. Our chapter is one of many state and regional chapters. Through SEIA, we are able to participate nationally in the solar industry, while.


City of Scottsdale Green Building Program

City of Scottsdale Green Building Program

Home builders and prospective home buyers in Scottsdale interested in environmentally compatible homes now have access to a comprehensive building initiative called the Green Building Program. The program encourages the use of environmentally responsible building in our precious desert environment by incorporating.


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Arizona Solar Center Meetup Group

The Arizona Solar Center Meet-Up Group Bulletin Board is the newest addition to the Arizona Solar Center informational and educational outreach programs. The Meet-Up Group is a dedicated extension of the AZ Solar Center for professionals and those in the business of solar and sustainability.

For more organizations in Arizona, see the Arizona section of our Directory.

For information on how universities in Arizona are involved with solar and other renewable energy technologies, see University Initiatives.

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Wind Energy

Wind-Related Periodicals

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Geothermal

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Solar Space Heating

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Solar Financing

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Solar Equipment

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Photovoltaics

  • DOE - Solar Energy Technologies
    The U.S. Department of Energy funds R&D to develop solar energy technologies. Learn about DOE solar energy programs and initiatives, how to use solar energy and get financial incentives, and access solar information.
  • DOE - SunShot Inititiative
    The DOE SunShot Initiative is a collaborative national initiative to make solar energy cost competitive with other forms of energy by the end of the decade. Reducing the installed cost of solar energy systems by about 75% will drive widespread, large-scale adoption of this renewable energy technology and restore U.S. leadership in the global clean energy race.
  • NREL - Open PV Project
    The OpenPV project is a free database of real American solar project info sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. It has data on over 160,000 solar systems across the country - where they are, how big they are, how much they cost, and more. It's all illustrated in a Visualization Gallery with charts and graphs.
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