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Sulphur Springs utility garners SEPA honor

The Solar Electric Power Association, an educational and research nonprofit focused on helping utilities integrate solar into their operations, has recognized Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative as the top utility in terms of increased utilization of solar power based on watts per customer during 2009.

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SEPA's Top Ten Solar Utilities Report Shows Strong Solar Growth

Yesterday, the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) unveiled its third-annual top ten utility solar rankings. The organization said that overall growth in solar integration by utilities defined 2009.

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National Solar Conference is Coming to Phoenix

The American Solar Energy Society (ASES) has selected Phoenix as the location of its National Solar Energy Conference in 2010. Commonly known as SOLAR 2010, it’s the premier conference on renewable energy and energy efficiency in the nation – and one of the largest.

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Ariz. small towns receive energy grants

Arizona's small towns and counties have been granted $4.8 million from the Recovery Act to help insulate their buildings and save energy.

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New Solar Inspired, Eco-Friendly Gallery Opens May 23 at Arizona Science Center

Arizona Science Center announces the grand opening of its newly renovated gallery, Solarville, located in the APS Solar Gallery on Level 4. Focused on sustainability, this hands-on gallery takes you on a stroll through scientific labs, not only studying the sun, but also how we harness and distribute sustainable green energy-from algae, to alternative fuels, to poop!

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Japanese town to test solar-to-electric cars

A Japanese town near Tokyo is about to become a test community for cars that run mainly on solar energy, several companies announced Wednesday.

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Solar power news highlights: U.S. & abroad

Researchers from Germany's Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research (ZSW) recently announced a new record for thin-film solar cell efficiency of 20.1 percent, beating a previously-held mark by the U.S. National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL).

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Kerry - Lieberman Proposal Scales Back Energy Efficiency Provisions

The compromise Kerry-Lieberman proposal released today misses out on a key opportunity to address the cost of curbing climate change by including little on energy efficiency. The Kerry-Lieberman proposal does much less for energy efficiency than previous major climate change bills. Relative to the climate bills passed by the House, two major energy efficiency provisions have been dramatically reduced.

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Solon Equips Arizona Schools with Solar Power Systems

Solon Corporation will equip several schools in Arizona with photovoltaic systems by the end of 2010. The project capacity is planned to be a total of 8.7 megawatts (MW). The first sub-project was completed last year with the commissioning of a 1 MW system in December 2009.

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Solar-powered lodge unveiled at KOA

The Herkimer Diamond Mines KOA is the first of 475 Kampground of America locations spread across North America to offer the "off-grid lodging" experience. Project officials on Monday unveiled a solar-powered lodge near the banks of West Canada Creek.

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2010 UA solar car goes high tech

It's like your car, with rear view mirrors, headlights and turn signals. Except this car is 100% solar powered. It's the 2010 model of The University of Arizona solar car.

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Solar Phoenix gains national attention

Solar Phoenix has seen encouraging results as the partnership between the city, SolarCity and National Bank of Arizona closes its fourth month. There even is talk of taking it national.

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Regulator wants more solar power from utilities

Corporation Commissioner Paul Newman issued a statement asking for support and feedback on a proposal to increase the requirement that utilities get 15 percent of their energy from renewable sources, such as solar, by 2025.

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GE & APS to Study Impact of Solar Energy Grid Penetration

With energy experts forecasting substantial increases in solar power in the coming decades, GE researchers are working with Arizona Public Service, the state's largest electric utility, to understand how large amounts of solar can best be integrated into today's grid.

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Yuma Airport going solar with shade panels

Yuma International Airport has signed a contract for shaded parking, but it's about more than keeping the hot sun off parked vehicles. The sunshades will actually be solar panels that will provide the electricity needed to keep the lights on and computers humming at the airport's passenger terminal.

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Cowley Cos., Empire Power Systems team on state’s largest rooftop solar system

Empire Power Systems and Cowley Cos. will team on the largest rooftop solar system in the state, a 2.4-megawatt system slated for a building owned by Cowley near 27th Avenue and Buckeye Road in Phoenix. The 850,000-square-foot building will have more than 6.5 acres of solar modules.

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Board approves solar panels on downtown Phoenix structures

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors approved an agreement on Monday to install solar photovoltaic energy systems on three downtown county structures. The solar arrays will save an estimated $870,000 in energy costs over 20 years to give a welcome boost to the solar energy industry in Arizona.

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APS gets OK for Flagstaff solar project

Arizona Public Service Co. has received approval for a community solar power project in Flagstaff from the Arizona Corporation Commission.

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State Regulators Back TEP's Plan to Expand Solar Energy Resources

The Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) has expressed its support for Tucson Electric Power's plan to add more than 33 megawatts (MW) of solar generating capacity to its portfolio through power purchase contracts and new company-owned resources.

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For AZ Solar businesses: FAQs on Proposed Residential Solar Incentive Changes

APS has developed a FAQ sheet relevant to the proposed changes to the APS residential solar incentives program.

The FAQ answers questions APS has received regarding the proposed change, including the proposed incentive amounts, the reason APS has filed for this change and how APS is handling applications while waiting for the Arizona Corporation Commission's ruling.

The FAQ can be found at www.aps.com/main/green/choice/solar/Residential/IncentiveChgFAQs.html

If there have additional questions after reading the FAQ, please contact Maura Yates by e-mail at : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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