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World's Largest Solar PV Power Plant Now Operating in Ontario, Canada

Arizona-based First Solar Inc. has announced the grand opening of the largest operational solar photovoltaic installation in the world, the 80-megawatt Sarnia Solar Project in the province of Ontario, Canada.

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Arizona chips in $2M for algae biofuel center

Arizona will put another $2 million in funding to help establish an algae research center being developed by Science Foundation Arizona and Arizona State University to promote renewable fuels.

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Plug pulled on solar plant

Tessera Solar North America and the city of Phoenix have ended their joint bid to pursue a 250-megawatt solar power plant. Houston-based Tessera, the development arm of Scottsdale-based Stirling Energy Systems Inc., was in the planning stages of developing a $1 billion solar power plant at a Phoenix-owned landfill along State Route 85 in Buckeye.

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PV Market To Reach Nearly 17 GW This Year

The global PV market is forecast to exceed 16 GW in 2010, according to recently released projections from IMS Research. Demand for PV systems is predicted to more than double in 2010, with the top five markets accounting for more than 13 GW, although slower growth is predicted in 2011.

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The 8 Most Exciting Solar Projects in the U.S.

Sunlight is the world's most plentiful resource. That is, of course, why the United States has scrambled in recent years to supplant dirty, nonrenewable energy sources with ambitious solar projects. This article looks at some of the most exciting solar projects--both existing and planned--in the country.

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Valley lands solar inverter manufacturer Power-One

Power-One Inc., a solar and wind inverter manufacturer, is the latest renewable energy company to land in Phoenix. The company announced its move to the Valley at a press conference Thursday morning. The factory is expected to create about 350 jobs with production starting next month.

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Corporation Commission Launches Arizona Goes Solar Website

The Arizona Corporation Commission today launched Arizona Goes Solar, a website created to be a one-stop shop for homeowners and business owners who wish to learn more about opportunities to adopt solar technology and about solar projects already installed in the state.

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Self-Cleaning Solar Panels

One of the best places to put a solar panel is in the desert, where it's sunny. But deserts are also dusty, which means the panels have to be washed frequently so the dust doesn't stop them from capturing sunlight. New technology could provide a solution--by letting solar panels clean themselves.

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Vice President's Report Predicts Solar Grid Parity In 2015

The U.S. is on track to achieve four major innovation breakthroughs thanks to American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) investments, according to a new analysis from the office of Vice President Joe Biden. One of the expected breakthroughs is halving the cost of solar power in half by 2015, putting solar electricity prices on par with the cost of retail electricity from the grid.

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Feed-in tariff to aid solar weighed

Arizona utility regulators are designing rules that would require power companies to buy electricity from solar developers at prearranged prices. The "feed-in tariff" aims to guarantee profits for solar developers, while encouraging more solar-power generation in Arizona.

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4 Ariz. firms get funds for clean-energy innovations

The Arizona Commerce Authority announced on Monday that four rural Arizona companies will receive $3.4 million in federal grants to produce innovative renewable-energy products. The projects were selected because of their innovation and potential to create jobs.

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Arizona Elections

While the State Legislature addresses issues related to Energy policy, the Arizona Corporation Commission is directly involved with the oversight of electricity generation and renewable energy standards.

2010 Election Year Cycle

 

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Calif. Desert on Pace to Become World's Solar Capital

Southern California is poised to become the world's solar power capital as the Obama administration continues to stamp its approval on large-scale renewable energy projects across the Mojave and Colorado deserts. The nine solar projects, along with one in Arizona and four in Nevada, have been placed by the Interior Department on a "fast-track" permitting schedule that should qualify developers to receive  federal ARRA grants.

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Solar lighting project in Pinetop-Lakeside finished

The new solar powered green lighting project along White Mountain Boulevard in Pinetop-Lakeside is done and the lights went live Thursday night. The purpose of the lights is to increase pedestrian safety along White mountain Boulevard as well as for aesthetics.

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Rioglass Solar brings manufacturing plant to Surprise

Rioglass Solar will bring a large mirror manufacturing plant to Surprise in a $50 million capital investment. The company, based in Madrid, will combine its manufacturing and U.S. headquarters in the building that officials announced on Wednesday.

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NREL Releases Feed-in Tariff Guide

A new report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) examines the growth and efficacy of FITs and focuses on how these policies can be used in the U.S. The policy is known for spurring dramatic growth of renewable energy in Europe during the past decade.

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APS' energy efficiency promotion cuts profit

Helping customers buy efficient air-conditioners and lightbulbs is cheaper than building power plants and transmission lines. But the efficiency measures have cut Arizona Public Service Co.'s energy sales about 1.1 percent, and that means about $10 million in lost profits annually because the utility is selling less power as people conserve.

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Arizona takes top energy spot

Arizona has been labeled the nation's "Solar Energy King" by a leading business magazine, even though the state just has a handful of solar manufacturers and generating plants so far.

See also AZ, IA, MI Top List of Alternative Energy Industry Leaders from BusinessFacilities.com on July 27, 2010.

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Home Appliance Efficiency Gains to Deliver Huge National Energy and Water Savings

Home appliance manufacturers and energy efficiency advocates have agreed to improved efficiency standards and tax policies for large appliances. This agreement could save enough energy to meet the total energy needs of 40 percent of American homes for one year as well as save an enormous amount of water resources.

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New Solar Energy Conversion Process Could Double Solar Efficiency of Solar Cells

A new process that simultaneously combines the light and heat of solar radiation to generate electricity could offer more than double the efficiency of existing solar cell technology, say the Stanford engineers who discovered it and proved that it works.

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