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  • - A radical idea to get a high-renewable electric grid

    This is an interesting approach to optaining very high penetration of renewables such as photovoltaics and wind.  At present most large installations operate under Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) wherein the economics are based on a sell all output at predetermined prices. This contrasts with standalone systems wherein the system size Read More
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    - Breakthrough Batteries Powering the Era of Clean Electrification Battery Storage Costs Drop Dramatically, Making Way to a New Era. A recent Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) report continues to confirm that clean electrification through batteries is advancing at impressive rates. Very interesting report: Breakthrough Batteries- Powering the Era of Clean Electrification Read More
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    An assortment of links to interesting information   Semiconductor Nanowires Could Double the Efficiency of Silicon Solar Cells A p/n semiconductor junction is not the only way of converting sunshine into useful electrical energy.  Light consists of a flow of photons of various energy levels (colors).  See this article-Solar Cells.  Nanowires Read More
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ASU named most sustainable university in nation

PHOENIX — Arizona State University announced Wednesday it has been named the most sustainable university in the United States, ranking fifth worldwide.

ASU’s ranking is in accordance with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals that were established by world leaders in 2015, according to the university’s website.

The annually published findings are based on 17 different categories of sustainability including measures of poverty, health and well-being, quality of education, gender equality and affordable, clean energy.

ASU scored 96.3 out of 100 possible points in this year’s rankings — 8.6 points higher than in 2019 when it ranked 35th worldwide. 

“This is more than a target to motivate behavior, this is a commitment Arizona State University has made to demonstrate that sustainability is achievable.” said ASU President Michael Crow.

“As an emerging service university, we are designed to be adaptive, nimble and skilled in leveraging ideas and technology to create impactful solutions to complex global challenges, and take responsibility for continuing to move this pioneering work further every day.”

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Penn State were the only other U.S. universities to place in the top 100.

A total of 766 institutions were included in this year’s rankings.

By Michael Lucie of KTAR News | April 23, 2020 at 4:45 am UPDATED: April 23, 2020 at 7:27 pm


Solar for Consumers

Photovoltaics (PV)

Electrical Generation Overview - PV and Solar Thermal

Arizona Dept. of Commerce "Bright Ideas" Report on PV

Residential PV (Solar Electric) Grid-tie Systems (pdf)

Residential PV (Solar Electric) Stand-alone Systems (pdf)

Additional Documents & Links:

SUV vs. PV - Is Solar Energy too Expensive?  You Do the Math!
Home Power Magazine (PDF) - Aug/Sept 2002

Generation X PV - NREL Report on next generation PV (PDF) - August 2004

Recent Progress and Future Potential for Concentrating PV Power Systems (PDF)
NREL Report - September 2004

Operation and Maintenance Field Experience for Off-grid Residential PV Systems (PDF)
Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications, Volume 2005; 13:67–74

Springerville, Arizona Solar Array output - Real-time data from Tucson Electric Power (TEP)

Arizona Consumer's Guide to Buying a Solar Electric System (PDF Format)
This booklet is designed to guide you through the process of buying a solar electric system. Note: this is a rather old document and predates most current financing options.

Passive Solar Energy

1. Passive Solar Energy - The Starting Point

2. Passive Solar Heating and Cooling Design Manual



Solar Cooking

1. What's cooking?  A Comprehensive Look at Solar Cooking

2. All About Solar Cookers


Solar Hot Water

1.  A Comprehensive Look at Solar Hot Water | PDF Format

2.  Solar Hot Water: A PrimerPDF Format
(used with permission from Home Power Magazine's Ken Olson)

Solar 'Simplified' Hot Water - PDF Format
(used with permission from  Home Power Magazine's John Patterson)


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    About The Arizona Solar Center Arizona Solar Center Mission- 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. About the Arizona Solar Center- The Arizona Solar Center (AzSC) provides a broad-based understanding of solar energy, especially as it pertains to Arizona. Registered Read More
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