On April 26, the Tucson Solar Potluck will be held in the desert north of Tucson. It is the 32nd straight year for the gathering of solar enthusiasts, a streak that some believe qualifies it as the longest continuously held solar event in the U.S.
Initiatives & Programs
Governor's Solar Energy Advisory Task Force
Arizona Energy Consortium
(November 2011 Report: Arizona's Solar Strategic Plan)
(March 2010 Report Summary: Building a Solar Future - Repowering America's Homes, Businesses and Industry with Solar Energy)
Information about current and past initiatives and programs at a national level may be found on the Solar Initiatives page of the US Department of Energy EERE Information Center website.
Past Initiatives in Arizona
Arizona Solar Initiative (1999-2001)
The Mission of the Arizona Solar Initiative was to encourage individual, local, and statewide action that capitalized on the national Million Solar Roof Initiative and the region's explosive growth. This Initiative sought to enable Arizona to become a national leader in solar energy utilization, manufacturing, and exports.
Goal 1: Establish an Arizona Solar Initiative sub-committee of the Arizona Solar Energy Advisory Council. The sub-committee will be comprised of invited parties and a representative from the Energy Office.
Goal 2: Install 100,000 new thermal and photovoltaic systems in Arizona by 2010.
Goal 3: Establish technical capabilities to utilize solar in government and non-government application.
Goal 4: Educate consumers about the benefits of using passive and active solar systems.
Goal 5: Coordinate industry and government efforts to overcome institutional barriers.
Goal 6: Develop and support solar manufacturing capacity in the state.