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ASU Scientists Develop Bacteria for Biofuel

A Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University research team has developed a process that removes a key obstacle to producing low-cost, renewable biofuels from bacteria. The team has reprogrammed photosynthetic microbes to make conversion to biofuels potentially more commercially viable.

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Multiple Solar Technologies Tested At College

An interesting new solar project is now under way at Arizona Western College (AWC) located in Yuma, AZ. The project involves five different types of solar power generation technology, each provided by a different manufacturer and each designed to provide 1 megawatt of solar generated electricity.

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Arizona solar push heads to Italy

The Greater Phoenix Economic Council has been making its pitch for solar industries far and wide, and the latest battleground may be Italy. Rudy Vetter, GPEC's senior vice president for international business development, was in Verona in early May speaking at SolarExpo Italy, a gathering of that country's solar industry players.

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Incentive cuts causing decrease in demand for solar installations

Valley utilities have cut the incentives they're offering customers to install solar systems this year, prompting a dropoff in demand for such installations. Arizona Public Service Co. and Salt River Project officials say demand still is there, but not at the same frenetic pace seen during the height of the solar boom two years ago.

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SRP to Buy Output from State’s Latest Wind Energy Farm

Yavapai County project also includes potential for solar PV generation

SRP has signed an agreement to purchase 100% of the electricity generated from the newest wind energy farm planned for Arizona. The Yavapai Wind Project, being built by NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, will be located about 25 miles south of Seligman and Interstate 40 in Yavapai County.

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