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L.A.'s Long-Term Electricity Plan Calls for Earlier Cutoff of Coal, More Solar

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the nation's largest municipally owned utility, has released a final draft of a long-term strategy that calls for ending its reliance on coal-fired power sooner than is now planned and ramping up solar and wind energy resources.

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Temporary Suspension of SRP’s Large Commercial Solar Electric Program


From: EarthWiseSolarBiz <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Sent: Tuesday, November 16, 2010 16:36:02

Subject: Temporary Suspension of SRP's Large Commercial Solar Electric Program

At this time, the number of applications received by SRP for large commercial solar electric installations has reached the 5 megawatt (MW) cap that was established for all installations through April 30, 2011.  As a result, SRP is temporarily suspending this program.

SRP will honor applications at the previously advertised incentive level ($0.147/kWh) for those customers that have received an incentive reservation.  SRP will continue to accept application packages for this program in the event of project cancellations.  Should a customer with a reservation cancel their project, the available funding will be offered to the next customer in line with a complete application package.

Please note that a complete application package includes:

A signed copy of the completed application agreement;

A signed bill of sale;

A signed contract or letter of intent;

A copy of the company's W-9 form; and

A copy of the customer's most recent SRP bill.

SRP will reevaluate the incentive levels for our Fiscal Year 2012, which begins May 1, 2011, and will launch a new production based incentive program at that time. Any applications not funded under the previously advertised incentive level will be first in line for incentive reservations under the new program on May 1, 2011.

SRP is continuing to accept applications for its small commercial solar electric program at the $1 per watt interim incentive level.

Commercial customers can check www.srpnet.com/solarbiz for answers to further questions they may have and for program updates as they become available. To answer specific questions not found on these pages regarding our commercial solar programs, e-mail the SRP commercial solar team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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International Energy Agency Releases World Energy Outlook

The Copenhagen Accord and agreements among G20 nations to phase out subsidies to fossil fuels is a step in the right direction, but much more needs to be done to reach a goal of energy sustainability, according to International Energy Agency (IEA) Executive Director Nobuo Tanaka, speaking during the release of IEA's annual World Energy Outlook (WEO) report in London.

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Solar power pushes toward parity

Hefty tax credits and utility rebates have helped fuel a sun-powered boom that has solar arrays sprouting up on rooftops and carports in Tucson and across Arizona. But as prices for solar systems plunge, the market is accelerating toward the day when the cost of generating solar power will match standard electric rates - without any subsidies.

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State grant will help put solar panels on Cave Creek Museum

The Cave Creek museum has been awarded a $34,000 grant by the Arizona Department of Commerce to pay for solar panels expected to meet the museum's electricity needs. The solar panels are expected to save the museum about $4,000 the first year.

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Nature Conservancy goes solar

When it adds a swimming-pool-sized rainwater tank to its array of "green" strategies later this year, the Nature Conservancy will close the loop on its sustainable campus on East Fort Lowell Road in Tucson.

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Green Pioneers help usher in sustainability to Valley

The Phoenix area is growing a little greener with a big assist from the sun. This week the Phoenix Business Journal is recognizing 12 Green Pioneers who are helping to lead the charge of business sustainability.

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National Bank of AZ firing up $2M solar array

National Bank of Arizona will throw the switch on a 402-kilowatt, $2 million solar photovoltaic array at its Southern Arizona headquarters today. The 24,000-square-foot solar installation will shade about 150 parking spaces on the roof of the parking garage adjacent to the bank headquarters in Tucson.

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AZ's largest solar project goes online

Arizona's largest commercial rooftop solar system - and perhaps one of the largest in the U.S. - has begun producing power for a food storage warehouse in South Phoenix. The $11.5 million, 2.4-megawatt system on the Cowley Industrial Park building was dedicated Oct. 27.

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Two Solar Energy Plants, Including 1 GW Plant, Approved for Federal Lands

The U.S. Interior Department has approved a permit for the $6 billion, 1,000 MW Blythe parabolic solar trough project and the 663.5 MW Calico solar power plant on federal lands in the California desert. The Blythe project would be one of the largest solar power plants in the world.

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Also see: U.S. Approves California Solar-Thermal Plant, World's Largest from Bloomberg

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TUV Rheinland, FM Approvals partner on solar roof standards

Boston-based FM Approval has developed two approval standards covering all forms of solar modules on roof-mounted systems. It will test modules at its lab in West Glocester, R.I. TUV Rheinland PTL will use its lab in Tempe, AZ.

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Caltech, IKEA, Coke Power Up Clean Power Systems

As more organizations focus on "greening" their facilities, they are adding all types of clean power including solar, wind, and fuel-cell technology. As an example, California Institute of Technology (Caltech) just fired up its 1.1-megawatt (MW) solar energy system. In Arizona, IKEA powered up its 75,000-square-foot solar array, consisting of two 300-kW systems at its store in Tempe.

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Pima County Unveils 1 MW Solar Plant

Pima County officials, SunEdison, and SOLON Corporation, have activated a 1 megawatt photovoltaic solar power plant near the Roger Road Wastewater Reclamation Facility - the largest solar photovoltaic deployment to date for Pima County. The solar power plant was made possible through a solar services agreement between Pima County and SunEdison.

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2010 Solar and Sustainable Buildings Tours - Fall

Living with the Sun - Arizona Style  2010
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 15th 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. We invite you to join us at one of the Arizona locations.

 
Note: While tours are often held in Spring and Fall, a Spring 2010 tour was not considered because of the 2010 ASES National Solar Conference held in May in Phoenix. Several tours were included as part of the ASES Conference Schedule.
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US Solar Industry Grows Despite Economy

According to a few announcements that have been made at Solar Power International, despite the dismal U.S. economy, the solar industry keeps right on growing. The solar energy industries association (SEIA) along with GTM Research released a report that shows that solar installations in 2010 are up more than 100% over 2009.

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Suntech starts production at first US plant

Chinese solar panel maker Suntech Power Holdings Co Ltd (STP.N) said on Friday it opened its first plant in the United States. The module production facility at Goodyear, Arizona has an initial annual capacity of 30 megawatt (MW).

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SRP cuts residential, small commercial solar incentives until May

Salt River Project will not be issuing any more solar incentives for residential or small commercial systems for the rest of its fiscal year because the available money has been allocated. Read more: SRP cuts residential, small commercial solar incentives until May.

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Important APS Installer & Dealer Training

On October 25, APS will launch significant enhancements to our online system that will provide installers, dealers and APS customers with additional online functionality, such as the ability to submit additional documentation online and the ability to track reservation status.

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Important APS Installer & Dealer Training Announcement

Dear Installer/Dealer,

By now we hope you are familiar with the online application that our residential customers are now using to submit Renewable Energy Incentive Reservation Applications. On October 25, APS will launch significant enhancements to our online system that will provide you and our customers with additional online functionality, such as the ability to submit additional documentation online and the ability to track reservation status.

As a part of this launch, we will offer both WebEx (online conference call) and live, instructor-led training sessions that will cover these enhancements.  You should plan to have representation from your company at both the WebEx and the in-person training sessions.

  • The WebEx will provide a general overview of the system enhancements and will be a presentation only opportunity.  There will not be an opportunity for a participant Question and Answer session at the WebEx session.
  • The instructor-led training will be classroom style and will teach participants how to work with the new system.  In addition, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions about the new system.

Below is the schedule for the WebEx and the instructor-led training sessions. The in-class training is offered on a first come, first served basis and will be limited totwo representatives per company. There will be additional classes scheduled if necessary after the release of the online system which is scheduled for Monday, October 25th, 2010.

Please plan to attend one WebEx session and one in-class training session.  Details regarding the session options and the sign up process for both WebEx and in-class training are below. Exact locations for the in-class training will be confirmed and communicated within 10 business days.

Schedule of Training

October 6th - WebEx System Overview - 10:00-11:00a.m.
October 7th - WebEx System Overview - 1:00-2:00p.m.
October 8th - Yuma-Instructor In-Class Training - 11:00-2:00pm
(Participation limited to first 20 reserved)
October 14th - Flagstaff-Instructor In-Class Training - 1:00-4:00pm
(Participation limited to first 20 reserved)
October 15th - Phoenix-Instructor In-Class Training - 8:00am-Noon
(Participation limited to the first 50 reserved)
October 21st - Phoenix-Instructor In-Class Training - 8:00am-Noon
(Participation limited to the first 50 reserved)
October 22nd - Phoenix-Instructor In-Class Training - 8:00am-Noon
(Participation limited to the first 50 reserved)

Steps to attend WebEx Overview

1. Choose the date for a WebEx

2. Sign in to WebEx on your chosen date using the instructions below


WebEx instructions for October 6

Topic: New APS Online System - Overview 
Date: Wednesday, October 6, 2010 
Time: 10:00 am, Mountain Time (Arizona, GMT-07:00) 
Meeting Number: 822 405 747 
Password: (This meeting does not require a password.) 

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To join the meeting online (Now from the Apple iPhone (R) too!) 
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1. Go to https://pnw-meeting.webex.com/pnw-meeting/j.php?ED=140927747&UID=490506367&RT=MiM1
2. If requested, enter your name and email address. 
3. If a password is required, enter the meeting password: (This meeting does not require a password.) 
4. Click "Join". 
5. If the meeting includes a teleconference, follow the instructions that appear on your screen. 

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To join the audio conference only 
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To receive a call back, provide your phone number when you join the meeting, or call the number below and enter the access code. 
Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada): 1-866-699-3239 
Call-in toll number (US/Canada): 1-408-792-6300 
Global call-in numbers: https://pnw-meeting.webex.com/pnw-meeting/globalcallin.php?serviceType=MC&ED=140927747&tollFree=1
Toll-free dialing restrictions: http://www.webex.com/pdf/tollfree_restrictions.pdf

Access code:822 405 747

WebEx instructions for October 7

Topic: New APS Online System - Overview 
Date: Thursday, October 7, 2010 
Time: 1:00 pm, Mountain Time (Arizona, GMT-07:00) 
Meeting Number: 828 963 971 
Password: (This meeting does not require a password.) 

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To join the meeting online (Now from the Apple iPhone (R) too!) 
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1. Go to https://pnw-meeting.webex.com/pnw-meeting/j.php?ED=140927772&UID=490506367&RT=MiM1
2. If requested, enter your name and email address. 
3. If a password is required, enter the meeting password: (This meeting does not require a password.) 
4. Click "Join". 
5. If the meeting includes a teleconference, follow the instructions that appear on your screen. 

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To join the audio conference only 
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To receive a call back, provide your phone number when you join the meeting, or call the number below and enter the access code. 
Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada): 1-866-699-3239 
Call-in toll number (US/Canada): 1-408-792-6300 
Global call-in numbers: https://pnw-meeting.webex.com/pnw-meeting/globalcallin.php?serviceType=MC&ED=140927772&tollFree=1
Toll-free dialing restrictions: http://www.webex.com/pdf/tollfree_restrictions.pdf

Access code:828 963 971 
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Steps to Sign-Up for Instructor-Led Class

1. Choose a date

2. Reply to this email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the name(s) of the attendees (Note: Limit of two representatives per company)

3. APS will confirm your reservation and provide location details within 10 business days.

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APS & Solon plan Gila Bend solar PV plant

In the utility's continuing effort to meet state renewable-energy rules, Arizona Public Service Co. announced it was planning an 18-megawatt solar plant in Gila Bend that would begin operating by November 2011.

APS declined to report the price of the plant, which could cost about $72 million based on industry averages.

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