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The Times They Are a Changing (Redux)

This marks my 40th year working in the renewable energy space that is solar energy.

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Mark Mardon
Yes, yes, I was there at Phoenix College when you organized Sun Day and brought awareness to the campus. Rock on!
Wednesday, 27 January 2016 08:34
Jim Stack
40 years from now is a long way to predict. EVen a year can be hard to get right. But as your message noted there will be Energy s... Read More
Saturday, 06 February 2016 19:06
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Two years ago the Arizona Solar Center asked me to write this blog as a way to give a voice to people that didn't have a voice in the looming battle over rooftop solar.

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Jim Stack
Question: Who or what has most influenced you and your opinions on solar energy? I was most influenced by GOD who made a perfect w... Read More
Sunday, 18 October 2015 12:34
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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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Net Metering: Point-Counterpoint Responses to the ACC Staff’s Recommendations

This week’s Sun Day Blog(s) covers both sides of the issue of the Net Metering debate. APS and AriSEIA (Arizona Solar Energy Industries Association) were asked to provide their respective positions on the Arizona Corporation Commission Staff’s recommendations concerning the net metering proposed changes offered earlier this summer by APS.

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APS is only looking out for themselves. They will be the only ones benefiting from the change. Solar customers will suffer, solar ... Read More
Sunday, 13 October 2013 12:29
James Pitre
The issue of fairness may need to be addressed, however by far the more important issue is how do we collectively establish a poli... Read More
Sunday, 13 October 2013 13:25
Jim Stack
So when a solar customer makes extra energy right during the Peak hours and it flows to a neighbors house and APS bills that custo... Read More
Monday, 14 October 2013 09:31
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Breaking News: ACC Staff Recommends Postponing Net Metering Discussion Until 2015

October 1 -- Yesterday the Arizona Corporation Commission Staff issued its highly anticipated recommendations in response to APS's proposed rule changes directed at residential solar customers.

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Jim Stack
This is just a recommendation by the staff at this time. If the commissioners agree it just delays it for 2 years until the next r... Read More
Friday, 04 October 2013 20:36
Henry Harding
I have another property and would like to have solar on that as well. If the Corporation Commission goes with the staff recommenda... Read More
Saturday, 05 October 2013 04:56
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Why isn't there more solar in Arizona? (redux)

Eleven years ago I wrote a guest editorial for the Arizona Daily Sun newspaper in Flagstaff in which I put forward a question that was quite popular at the time: "Why isn't there more solar in Arizona?"

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bill wright
It is a shame our utility remains steadfast for the status quo. Anyone with the slightest bit of vision would have seen this sola... Read More
Saturday, 14 September 2013 12:46
Jim Stack
Simple, just end the subsidies for COAL, NG and Nuclear and everyone will change. If utilities start working with consumers and ca... Read More
Sunday, 15 September 2013 08:03
James Pitre
Let's not forget that our utility companies are monopolies and they have opted to be in a business that is to be operated for the ... Read More
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 20:27
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The New Clean Energy Economy Invests in American Jobs

Employment opportunities in the energy sector are exploding. New enhanced exploration techniques have created a boom in the oil and gas fields. Jobs in this sector are projected to double by the end of the decade.

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Jim Stack
Imagine the jobs and industry we could have if we supported clean energy policies like we do for chip makers that use similar mate... Read More
Monday, 02 September 2013 17:47
Bill Kaszeta
The State of Arizona is slow to react to the loss of solar jobs. Arizona Commerce Authority's Solar Arizona website still featur... Read More
Tuesday, 03 September 2013 13:03
Mike Pasqualetti
Ignoring, as unrealistic as it may be, those with an anti-solar bent, the solar energy market and the job opportunities in Arizona... Read More
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 14:08
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