Arizona Solar Center Blog

Commentary from Arizona Solar Center Board Members and invited contributors.

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Solar energy once was considered a feel-good story.  We celebrated every announcement as a victory.  The promise of free non-polluting power was the hook-line.

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Jim Arwood
Hey Dan, Great to see you here -- appreciate all you and the folks at RUCO do for solar development in the state. The article did... Read More
Sunday, 10 August 2014 13:26
Jim Stack
A great Solar story is in this short video, Gallons of Light (Sunshine). It's about the amazing USA made Tesla S family sedan run... Read More
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 10:11
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The Devil is in the Details

The evolution of clean energy choices got a jolt this week when APS announced plans to lease customers’ rooftops for the purpose of installing utility-owned solar electric systems to feed power directly into their grid.

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Jim Stack
I think it is unfair for the utility to enter into this area of business when there are very good companies already in that part o... Read More
Sunday, 03 August 2014 10:21
Bill Kaszeta
For reference, there are a few more details at: But the details are few and the questions many for the 2... Read More
Sunday, 03 August 2014 20:35
Dale P Carriere
In the long run, competition, real competition, is generally a good thing. Competition forces all players to rethink their busines... Read More
Sunday, 10 August 2014 09:48
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Fighting Obama?

President Barack Obama isn't on the Arizona primary election ballot, but judging from the campaigns, candidates and political rhetoric it seems he is running for every political office in the state, even Corporation Commissioner.

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It has been a year since Arizona Public Service asked the Arizona Corporation Commission to approve a monthly surcharge of $50 to $100 on the utility bills of rooftop solar homeowners.

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Huck Kennedy
The NYT published a nice short piece back in April talking about the dark money (read, Koch brothers and various coal and utility ... Read More
Sunday, 13 July 2014 09:03
John Neville
The way to make the ACC a valuable member of the discussion about distributed renewable energy would be for the commissioners to p... Read More
Sunday, 13 July 2014 12:26
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(Energy) Independence Day

Originally conjured up during the 1973 Arab Oil Embargo, the expression “Energy Independence” has become a powerful verbal icon. Over the last 40 years this term emerged as a catchphrase for nearly every public office-seeker promising to make America strong once more.

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Curt Shannon
Great piece. I'll simply add that the technology and finance legs of the clean-energy "stool" appear to be in fairly good shape. ... Read More
Sunday, 06 July 2014 13:12
Jim Stack
Nevada gets it. They put a bigger fee on all GRID connected homes, Solar or not. quote=The study, conducted for state regulators ... Read More
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 08:57
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