The Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) has approved Tucson Electric Power's (TEP) Bright Tucson Community Solar Program, whereby participants will be able to purchase shares of solar energy for as little as $3 per month.
Global subsidies for fossil fuels dwarf support given to renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power and biofuels, Bloomberg New Energy Finance said.
In an effort described as among the most aggressive in the nation, Arizona regulators have approved rules requiring utilities to promote energy efficiency and ultimately cut their projected power sales, a move that also will save customers money.
Arizona, Iowa and Michigan took the top three positions in Business Facilities' new ranking for Alternative Energy Industry Leaders, released today. The alternative energy leadership ranking is a new category in the magazine's annual Rankings Report, assessing to top alternative energy manufacturers and leaders in renewable power generation in solar, wind, biofuels and advanced battery development.
See also Arizona takes top energy spot from Arizona Republic on August 4, 2010.
A massive solar project at Luke Air Force Base is expected to provide power for a majority of the base by 2011, strengthening the U.S. Defense Department's reputation as Arizona's biggest proponent for renewable power and energy efficiency. Military installations in the state are making aggressive strides toward saving electricity, water and fuel, as part of a federal policy plan launched in 2005 encouraging the Defense Department to get 25 percent of its energy from renewable sources.
The "Zephyr" solar-powered unmanned plane, which has been airborne continuously for the past two weeks above the Arizona desert, has made a successful landing to break several aviation records.
Throughout construction of the new Chandler Compadre branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley, club members had the opportunity to learn about the energy-saving features of the building.
Arizona Corporation Commission Renewable Energy Standard & Tariff
Arizona Goes Solar (Arizona Corporation Commission joint website with regulated utilities)
Governor of Arizona Renewable Energy Webpage
Governor's Solar Energy Advisory Task Force
City of Tucson
Southern Arizona Solar Standards Board (SASSB)
Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) Renewables Website
Greater Yuma Economic Development Corporation Renewable Energy Webpage
(March 2010 Report Summary: Building a Solar Future - Repowering America's Homes, Businesses and Industry with Solar Energy)
The Vote Solar Initiative
A Scottsdale company has been awarded $3 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop more efficient batteries for industrial applications.
Solar PV module shipments increased for the fifth consecutive quarter in the second quarter of 2010 (Q1 2010) to 3.7 GW, generating $7.1 billion in revenues, according to IMS Research's latest quarterly report on the solar cell and module market.
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) have selected the southwest corner of the Nevada Test Site, a former nuclear site, as the new Solar Demonstration Zone to demonstrate cutting-edge solar energy technologies.
APS has announced two updates that they made to the residential Renewable Energy Incentive Program (REIP) on July 2nd, 2010. These updates include the Bi-Weekly Status Report e-mail and customer communication regarding their approved incentive levels.
For the complete letter, click here.
An experimental solar-powered plane whose makers hope to one day circle the globe using only energy collected from the sun took off for its first 24-hour test flight today. Pilot André Borschberg leaves Swiss airfield in attempt to fly day and night without fuel.
President Obama and DOE Secretary Steve Chu have approved massive loan guarantees to solar projects in the U.S. The biggest announced project was Abengoa's 250 megawatt Solana Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) project in sunny Gila Bend, Arizona.
The Arizona Corporation Commission rejected a move to regulate solar companies selling power to schools and nonprofits. Wednesday's decision could spur growth for companies that install solar units in the state.
The U.S. Department of Energy announced today that it will invest up to $24 million in three research groups, including one in Mesa, to advance the commercialization of algae-based biofuels.
Also see: DOE Sees Long Road Ahead for Algae Fuels in the New York Times
The solar energy market has undergone a dramatic transformation over the past two years, driven by a new abundance of polysilicon, the effects of the worldwide financial crisis and the plunging price of solar modules, states Pike Research in a new report.
Meritage Homes opened its first energy-efficient subdivision in Gilbert, with houses aiming to cut energy costs by 80 percent. The 210-home Lyon's Gate subdivision includes homes that meet or exceed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star Homes ratings, officials said.