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Arizona Solar Center Blog

Commentary from Arizona Solar Center Board Members and invited contributors.

While blog entries are initiated by the Solar Center, we welcome dialogue around the posted topics. Your expertise and perspective are highly valued -- so if you haven't logged in and contributed, please do so!

An erosion of principled responsibility

Whatever happened to Arizona’s support for policies to protect our environment? Where has our sense of environmental responsibility gone?

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James Pitre
In 2009, my wife and I decided to do something about our energy. I took a course in solar PV installation and became a certified i... Read More
Sunday, 19 June 2016 08:00
Striker Rich
SRPs rate plan is no different than a factory using child labor to make their products. They are profitting hugely off the backs o... Read More
Thursday, 07 July 2016 09:41
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Superseding Sustainability

Sustainability is a broad term that addresses three fundamental principles: economic strength, environmental stewardship, and social equity.

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Jim Stack
I see sustainability as 3 main areas too. Where and how you live, how you travel and what you eat. It all adds up to improve our e... Read More
Friday, 03 June 2016 08:33
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The Promise of Solar

A decade ago Governor Napolitano asked me to present at an energy forum of the National Governors Association taking place in Wilmington, Delaware.

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Jim Stack
Question: What is the promise of renewable energy? The promise is that it can supply more energy at less cost than any other form... Read More
Saturday, 26 March 2016 20:45
John Barber
And in recent news, APS sent out an RFP to acquire 400-600 megawatts of additional capacity. Why are they advocating restriction... Read More
Sunday, 27 March 2016 08:11
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The end of solar as we know it?

For the past decade SRP’s solar policies were designed to help increase the demand for solar and drive down costs until the solar industry could stand on its own.

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Dale P Carriere
This is, as another has said, simple, unabashed bait-and-switch on the part of SRP.
Sunday, 22 February 2015 08:22
Jim Combs
Jim, You omit the key reason PV took off after 2009, it was the adoption of NEM. Whether people want to admit it or not, it is a ... Read More
Sunday, 22 February 2015 13:13
Jim Stack
On 2/26/2015 SRP board members voted and killed home Solar in their area with extra fees, a demand charge and forcing them into a ... Read More
Friday, 27 February 2015 14:21
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Red and Blue Equals Green

George P. Shultz served as U.S. Secretary of State, Treasury and Labor under two GOP Presidents. Today, Shultz is co-chair of Stanford University’s Hoover Institution task force on energy policy.

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Curt Shannon
Shultz also participated in the excellent "Risky Business" report that came out earlier this year. Co-authors on that report were ... Read More
Monday, 15 September 2014 09:36
Jim Stack
Our government has enacted the first new rule to reduce carbon in our states. Have to written them to suggest ways to improve and ... Read More
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 09:11
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Point of Personal Privilege

It’s move-in day at the ASU dorms in downtown Phoenix.

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Jim Stack
JA, Good move. I like the similar path that Michael Crow ,ASU President followed. While at Syracuse University (Cloudy,Cold, 100 i... Read More
Sunday, 17 August 2014 08:17
Cynthia Bower
Who or what inspired me to learn more about solar energy? Response: my grandfather, William J. Bailey, an engineer who developed... Read More
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 13:02
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Sunblock

It has been a year since Arizona Public Service asked the Arizona Corporation Commission to approve a monthly surcharge of $50 to $100 on the utility bills of rooftop solar homeowners.

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Huck Kennedy
The NYT published a nice short piece back in April talking about the dark money (read, Koch brothers and various coal and utility ... Read More
Sunday, 13 July 2014 09:03
John Neville
The way to make the ACC a valuable member of the discussion about distributed renewable energy would be for the commissioners to p... Read More
Sunday, 13 July 2014 12:26
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