• New Discovery Could Improve Organic Solar Cell Performance

    While there is a growing market for organic solar cells ­­– they contain materials that are cheaper, more abundant, and more environmentally friendly than those used in typical solar panels – they also tend to be less efficient in converting sunlight to electricity than conventional solar cells. Now, scientists who are members of the Center for Computational Study of Excited-State Phenomena in Read More
  • Know Your Rights

    Arizona law protects individual homeowners’ private property rights to solar access by dissolving any local covenant, restriction or condition attached to a property deed that restricts the use of solar energy. This law sustained a legal challenge in 2000. A Maricopa County Superior Court judge ruled in favor of homeowners in a lawsuit filed by their homeowners association seeking to Read More
  • Home Battery Systems

    Rooftop solar panels are common in Arizona thanks to abundant sunshine, but to get even more use from the technology, homeowners are beginning to pair them with large home batteries. Batteries allow homeowners to store their surplus electricity, rather than send it to the grid in exchange for credit from their electric company. Read More
  • Solar Hot Water

    There are two types of solar water heating systems: active, which have circulating pumps and controls, and passive, which don't. The typical solar water heater is comprised of solar collectors and a well-insulated storage tank. The solar collector is a network of pipes that gathers the sun's energy, transforms its radiation into heat, and then transfers that heat to either Read More
  • Federal Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit

    (Information provided by DSIRE - Last reviewed 02/19/2009) Incentive Type: Personal Tax Credit State: Federal Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Solar Water Heat, Photovoltaics, Wind, Fuel Cells, Geothermal Heat Pumps, Other Solar Electric Technologies Applicable Sectors: Residential Amount: 30% Maximum Incentive: Solar-electric systems placed in service before 2009: $2,000Solar-electric systems placed in service after 2008: no maximumSolar water heaters placed in service before Read More
  • Solar Building Design in Arizona

    The idea of using the sun to meet the energy needs in our buildings has been with us since the time of the Greeks, with some of the design manifestations even evident in the prehistoric structures of Arizona and the Southwest. There is a great historic tradition for Arizona buildings that utilize our most abundant resource, and the current increases Read More
  • How Not to- Battery Connections

    Photo shows the situation after a battery discharge test at 300 amps was terminated on a 1530 AH IBE battery string when one post melted. During the discharge test all cell voltages are logged. The sum of the cell voltages was 2.73 volts lower than the 48-volt string voltage. This is an average of 118 mv per inter-cell connection, 5-10 Read More
  • 1 New Discovery Could Improve Organic Solar Cell Performance
  • 2 Know Your Rights
  • 3 Home Battery Systems
  • 4 Solar Hot Water
  • 5 Federal Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit
  • 6 Solar Building Design in Arizona
  • 7 How Not to- Battery Connections

Blogs

  1. Solar Center Blog
Brian Czech
17 February 2019

What’s Really Green and What’s Really New

Ask Americans what the Green New Deal is all about, and you’ll get two basic answers. Most often you’ll hear, “It’s about moving to renewable energy in order to fight climate change.” You’ll also hear, from a camp further right, “It’s all about socialism!”

Lucy Mason
06 January 2018

Wishing you a wonderful and Happy New Year!

The year 2017 has gone by quickly, and AriSEIA has accomplished a full and active agenda to further solar and renewable energy in Arizona. 


Featured

Some things to pay attention to in Arizona

Reminder- Arizona tax credit information is available here: Arizona Tax Incentives


The Arizona Corporation Commission has posted a PROPOSED RULEMAKING REGARDING INTERCONNECTION OF DISTRIBUTED GENERATION FACILITIES.

Proposed new rules covering connecting to the utility power grids in Arizona has been posted and a notice by the Hearing Division to hold oral proceedings to receive public comment on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on March 28. 2019. at 10:00 am. or as soon as practicable thereafter. in Room 722 at the Commissions offices in Tucson. Arizona and on March 29, 2019. at 10:00 a.m. or as soon as practicable thereafter, in Hearing Room No. I at the Commissions offices in Phoenix. Arizona.

A somewhat complex NOTICE can be downloaded at http://docket.images.azcc.gov/0000195373.pdf

UPDATE 1-24-19: ACC approved new draft interconnection rules At their Jan. 16 meeting, Commissioners preliminarily approved a set of rules that could help link renewables and batteries to the grid, making it easier for customers across the state to utilize.

There is a good description of these new rules and their significance at: https://tinyurl.com/ya24baws

SRP is proposing three new Price Plans for Rooftop Solar

SRP is proposing three new price plans for residential customers who produce their own energy with rooftop solar and other technologies. Two of these options have no demand charge associated with them. See the SRP Proposal. Be sure to open the 'View graphics'. Specific rates are not shown. There will be rate setting board hearings for residential and business electric and solar customers in front of the SRP Board at the Arizona Heritage Center in Tempe on March 4th, 11th, and 25th at 9:30 a.m. Follow this link to learn more. The complete Proposed adjustments are available on-line. The new solar price plans are E-13, E-14 and E-15. The base E-27 'Customer Generation' Price Plan is not much changed.

UPDATE: SRP is considering another solar rate alternative.  The Arizona Republic has a good article on this in the 3-14-2019 issue:

https://www.azcentral.com/story/money/business/energy/2019/03/13/salt-river-project-officials-offer-new-solar-rate-plan-vote/3134029002/

APS announces 2018 ended with 16,479 applications and 14,818 installations: 

APS 2018 PV

Note: APS applications peak in August due to deadlines to freeze APS purchase rates for 10 years.

FRAUD ALERT

Attorney General Warns About Deceptive “Solar Initiative” Flyers

PHOENIX – Attorney General Mark Brnovich issued a warning today about deceptive flyers appearing on residences in the Phoenix area that promote a solar energy effort.

The flyers claim to be a “Public Notice” from the “Maricopa County Solar Initiative,” and claim that “Arizona and the Federal Government ITC (26 USC § 25D) are paying to have solar energy systems installed on qualified homes in this neighborhood.” The flyers tell consumers to call to schedule their “site audits.” Consumers who call are subjected to a solar sales pitch by a private company. In addition, the Maricopa County Solar Initiative’s website improperly uses a modified version of the county seal, but the “Solar Initiative” is linked to a private business and is not associated with the county. The “Solar Initiative” is also not registered to do business in Arizona.

Similar flyers previously appeared in Clark County, Nevada, this summer, and law enforcement officials there have warned that the “Clark County Solar Initiative” notices are deceptive.

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich has aggressively prosecuted businesses masquerading as government agencies, including obtaining consent judgments against “Mandatory Poster Agency” and “Compliance Filings Service,” resulting in full restitution for Arizonans totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars.

A picture of the “Public Notice” is below:
A picture of the improperly modified county seal used by the “Solar Initiative” is below:

 If you believe you are a victim of consumer fraud, you can file a complaint online at the Arizona Attorney General’s website. You can also contact the Consumer Information and Complaints Unit in Phoenix at (602) 542-5763, in Tucson at (520) 628-6648, and outside of the metro areas at (800) 352-8431.

Source:https://www.azag.gov/press-release/attorney-general-mark-brnovich-warns-about-deceptive-solar-initiative-flyers

Also covered at: https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona/2018/11/26/deceptive-flyers-circulate-arizona-promoting-solar-energy-effort/2115597002/


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Events

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Interesting Videos

2012 Valley of the Sun - Tour of Solar and Sustainable Buildings [Phoenix Metro]

From Saturday 27 October 2012
To Sunday 28 October 2012

2012 ASES National Solar Tour - Phoenix Metro Tours

Downloadable Tour Guide: PDF format-High Resolution (16.8 MB)
Downloadable Tour Guide: PDF format-Low Resolution (0.7 MB)

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The annual, long running Valley favorite, and part of the National Solar Tour put on by the American Solar Energy Society, is a free, self-guided tour of solar and sustainable buildings offering the public access to a dazzling variety of technologies and strategies for wise energy and resource use and desert appropriate, environmentally responsible living in central Arizona. This year's tour will provide the community with the wonderful opportunity to see and learn from a wide range of buildings, from grid-tied homes to commercial infill projects. Locations will showcase a variety of sustainable building designs, materials, systems and technology, including passive solar, solar PV, solar thermal, rainwater harvesting, graywater reuse, energy efficiency, and the use of materials from conventional to straw bale construction. Discover ways to reduce your utility bills and carbon footprint while having fun touring innovative sustainable homes and buildings as well as learning from local homeowners and building experts.

There will be something for everyone, whether it is low cost, high technology, desert design or simple environmental and behavioral techniques. Enjoy the special treat of meeting the people who created and live in these buildings and who will be sharing their knowledge and experiences. See projects ranging from new construction to remodels - from residences to public buildings - and from simple to complex, including:

  • An artist's studio of recycled materials including a full scale VW bus;
  • A passive and active solar and sustainable remodel;
  • A "Green" and sustainable architect's studio and office;
  • A solar and sustainable home and garden open house and workshop;
  • An architect's green and sustainable home designed for the desert; and so much more!

Talks at each site will be scheduled on-the-hour with a noon-time break.

Contact: For additional information beyond what is provided on this website contact Dan Aiello at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 602-503-5574 - cell.

This free, self-guided tour is organized by the Arizona Solar Energy Association - State Chapter of the American Solar Energy Society (the nation's largest and oldest solar and sustainability membership organization); Arizona Solar Center, Inc. - The solar and sustainability non-profit collaborative and home of the state's go-to website for solar and sustainability information; and the City of Scottsdale Green Building Program.

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Tour Sites

 

Location : Phoenix Metro, AZ

 

Coconino County Sustainable Building and Water Conservation Tour [Flagstaff]

Saturday 29 September 2012, 10:00am - 02:00pm
The Coconino County Sustainable Building Program, in partnership with the City of Flagstaff Sustainability Program, Willow Bend Environmental Education Center, and the Northern AZ Branch of the US Green Building Council are proud to host this year's Sustainable Building and Water Conservation Tour as part of the Flagstaff Festival of Science-Making Waves event.

Water is an essential element for life, vitality and sustainability. Like many other places around the world, the arid southwest is facing growing concerns around water security, including water availability, quality and long-term sustainability. Due to decreasing water resources, several people and organizations are incorporating innovative ways of meeting current water needs while helping to ensure future generations will also have adequate water supplies.

Event begins at Willow Bend, 703 E Sawmill Rd, Flagstaff, AZ 86001.

For more information see the event press release: www.coconino.az.gov/news <<No longer working link 

Location : Flagstaff. AZ

 

2011 Solar and Sustainable Buildings Tours - Fall

Living with the Sun - Arizona Style 2011
Tours of Solar and Sustainable Buildings

The American Solar Energy Society (ASES) National Solar Tour is the world's largest grassroots solar event. This event offers you the opportunity to tour innovative green homes and buildings to see how you can use solar energy, energy efficiency, and other sustainable technologies to reduce monthly utility bills and help tackle climate change. More than 160,000 participants will visit some 5,500 buildings in 3,200 communities across the U.S.

Now in its 16th year, this event is coordinated nationally by the nonprofit American Solar Energy Society in collaboration with dozens of outstanding partner organizations. It takes place annually during the first Saturday in October in conjunction with National Energy Awareness Month.

LIVING WITH THE SUN - ARIZONA STYLE 2011 Valley of the Sun Solar and Sustainability Tour

 

2013 Solar Tour - Flagstaff / Coconino County, AZ

Saturday 12 October 2013

 

Coconino-Flagstaff-2013-Sustainable-Building-Tour-Poster-tnThe day will kick off at the Willow Bend Environmental Education Center.  The self-guided Flagstaff tour is a joint effort of the Coconino County Sustainable Building Program, the City of Flagstaff Sustainability Program, the northern Arizona branch of the United States Green Building Council, and the Willow Bend Environmental Education Center.  The tour of local Flagstaff buildings showcases sustainable and innovative approaches at home and in the community.

For more information, see:

 

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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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