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Solar Applications in Arizona - Solar Facilities - Gallery

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Covered parking with integrated PV array at the Yuma Proving Grounds

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Solar Cooking - Gallery

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Solar and Wind Systems - Intelligence Center & Fort Huachuca (in Sierra Vista, AZ) - Gallery

Courtesy, William Stein

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Pool Pump, Tracking Array - Gallery

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Chinese Solar Giant to Open First U.S. Solar Plant in Goodyear

Suntech, a Chinese solar giant, plans to open its first U.S. solar-panel manufacturing plant in September in Goodyear, bringing about 75 immediate jobs with the possibility of expanding to 250 jobs.

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First Solar poised for growth in Southwest

First Solar Inc., which is a global leader in solar technology and market share, is quickly making headway in 2010 in the clean energy sector and is poised for growth in the Southwest.

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5 (More) Things to Know Before You Claim Your Energy Tax Credit: Part 2

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First Ever Commercial Scale Stirling Solar Plant Unveiled in Arizona

NTR plc has announced the official opening of the 1.5-megawatt (MW) Maricopa Solar power plant in Phoenix, Arizona. Maricopa Solar is the first commercial project for the SunCatcher concentrating solar power (CSP) technology designed and manufactured by Stirling Energy Systems (SES).

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5 Things to Know Before You Claim Your Energy Tax Credit

Some of the materials you may need this year include receipts, forms, and manufacturer certification statements from any energy-efficient purchases you made last year. Take another look at which products are eligible for energy efficiency tax credits.

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5 Things to Know Before You Claim Your Energy Tax Credit: Part 1

I suppose it's officially "tax season," though that term doesn't seem to be tossed out by popular media until late March or early April, when the deadline is looming and pressure is on. If you're an early bird, you may already be thinking about your taxes. At the very least, you should be starting to gather up everything you'll need—I know those W-2s and other forms are trickling in!

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Education Links

This list may be useful for those teaching or studying solar energy.  The links will help educators enhance curriculum and expand their professional growth. Also consider reviewing our main Recommended Links page. For a list of entities at Arizona Universities involved in solar and renewable energy research and implementation, please see the University Intitiativespage.

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Solar plant to be built at UA's Tech Park

A New York energy company is planning to build a $32 million solar thermal plant at the University of Arizona's Tech Park.

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Solar, wind tax breaks to aid Arizona

Feds offer millions to spur renewable-energy projects

Six solar-power equipment factories proposed for metro Phoenix, which if built could create higher-paying manufacturing jobs, are earmarked to receive nearly $30 million in tax breaks announced by the White House.

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International Solar Energy Society (ISES) Elects New President

The Board elected Dr. David Renné of the USA as President for the term from 01 January 2010 through 31 December 2011. He is the 26th President of the Society and successor of Ms. Monica Oliphant of Australia.

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SunEdison installs US' largest rooftop solar installation

US solar provider SunEdison has built the largest single rooftop solar power installation in the US at NASDAQ-listed office products company Staples in Hanover, MD.

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Solar pond could produce fresh water

Salty lakes worldwide could produce valuable freshwater using a low-cost solar process developed at the University of Nevada, researchers said.

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Arizona Solar Manufacturing Symposium to Energize Solar Stakeholders

Jan. 27 Event to Feature Nearly 30 Industry Speakers and Will Update Arizona's Solar Energy Roadmap

Az4Solar.org, an association dedicated to supporting economic development of Arizona's solar energy industry, has finalized the program for its Arizona Solar Manufacturing Symposium being held Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix.

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Arizona may get sky-high solar towers

An Australian company hopes to build what sounds like an ideal energy source in western Arizona - a power plant that uses no fuel or water, causes no pollution and runs all day. But first EnviroMission Inc. has to raise the money to build one of the tallest manmade structures on Earth on top of a sprawling greenhouse.

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As colleges add green majors and minors, classes fill up

Colleges are rapidly adding new majors and minors in green studies, and students are filling them fast. Nationwide, more than 100 majors, minors or certificates were created this year in energy and sustainability-focused programs at colleges big and small [including Arizona State University], says the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.

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Benson carwash using green power

For us, getting our car washed is a dirty job. For Super Suds Car Wash in Benson, they're doing their part to keep that job green.

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