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Commentary from Arizona Solar Center Board Members and invited contributors.

While blog entries are initiated by the Solar Center, we welcome dialogue around the posted topics. Your expertise and perspective are highly valued -- so if you haven't logged in and contributed, please do so!

Living With The Sun (Arizona Style)

On September 23, 2013, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer issued a proclamation designating October as Solar and Renewable Energy Month.

The proclamation is in recognition of the American Solar Energy Society’s annual National Solar Tour of solar installations and energy sustainable buildings.

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Dan Aiello
The Valley of the Sun (Phx. metro area) tour is a free, self-guided exploration of solar, Green Bldg, and Sustainability - Living ... Read More
Monday, 30 September 2013 15:33
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A Market Transformation Is Underway in the U.S. Power Sector

In January the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) issued a report to its member utilities in which they warned of the "disruptive" challenges that renewable energy and energy efficiency posed to the utility business model.

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Ben Paulos
Jim Thanks for writing this essay on America's Power Plan. You hit the nail right on the head. In response to your questions --... Read More
Friday, 27 September 2013 13:38
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Why isn't there more solar in Arizona? (redux)

Eleven years ago I wrote a guest editorial for the Arizona Daily Sun newspaper in Flagstaff in which I put forward a question that was quite popular at the time: "Why isn't there more solar in Arizona?"

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bill wright
It is a shame our utility remains steadfast for the status quo. Anyone with the slightest bit of vision would have seen this sola... Read More
Saturday, 14 September 2013 12:46
Jim Stack
Simple, just end the subsidies for COAL, NG and Nuclear and everyone will change. If utilities start working with consumers and ca... Read More
Sunday, 15 September 2013 08:03
James Pitre
Let's not forget that our utility companies are monopolies and they have opted to be in a business that is to be operated for the ... Read More
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 20:27
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The $500 Million Question

There’s an important struggle being waged over solar energy in Arizona. At issue is whether utilities can charge residents who've installed solar-power equipment substantial fees.

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Mark Lyzwa
The ACC should definitely “consider” the severe negative impact to property values when deliberating about APS’es proposal to deci... Read More
Sunday, 08 September 2013 10:00
Jim Stack
YES, the ACC has to consider the impact to local businesses , consumers and the environment. That's why we pay them over $100K a y... Read More
Sunday, 08 September 2013 08:17
greg collins
If APS is allowed to destroy the net metering rule, Arizona will blow a big opportunity to become the solar capital of North Ameri... Read More
Sunday, 08 September 2013 09:10
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The New Clean Energy Economy Invests in American Jobs

Employment opportunities in the energy sector are exploding. New enhanced exploration techniques have created a boom in the oil and gas fields. Jobs in this sector are projected to double by the end of the decade.

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Jim Stack
Imagine the jobs and industry we could have if we supported clean energy policies like we do for chip makers that use similar mate... Read More
Monday, 02 September 2013 17:47
Bill Kaszeta
The State of Arizona is slow to react to the loss of solar jobs. Arizona Commerce Authority's Solar Arizona website still featur... Read More
Tuesday, 03 September 2013 13:03
Mike Pasqualetti
Ignoring, as unrealistic as it may be, those with an anti-solar bent, the solar energy market and the job opportunities in Arizona... Read More
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 14:08
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