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Sunlight for nighttime: Az’s largest utility plans to expand solar battery storage

Arizona Public Service Co., is investing in tech required to make solar power work for customers even after the sun goes down.... Read more»

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Analysis

Arizona, Nevada voters split on renewable energy measures

Arizonans rejected a renewable energy proposition but the trend continues at the state level to encourage and increase standards in this emerging technology.... Read more»

Prop. 127’s potential to reshape Arizona energy has electrified supporters and opponents

Prop. 127 supporters say it’s time to take advantage of one of the state’s most abundant resources: sunshine. Opponents say new energy mandates will result in higher costs for ratepayers. ... Read more»

Emission impossible: Few signs of coal revival despite Trump support

Despite the Trump administration’s ardent support of coal over renewable energy, the percentage of U.S. electricity from renewable sources continued its gradual rise in 2017.... Read more»

New solar panel tariffs will be felt by Arizona companies, consumers

New tariffs imposed last week by the Trump administration on imported solar products will benefit domestic manufacturers, but could hit consumers and other parts of the solar energy industry hard, experts said.... Read more»

Solar could replace Navajo Generating Station power, but not its jobs

Solar power advocates say a 250-megawatt renewable-energy facility could be in place in time for the late-2019 closure of the Navajo Generating Station, if permitting and construction began right away.... Read more»

Solar jobs continue growth in Arizona, not as fast as rest of nation

Arizona saw a 6 percent increase in solar jobs in 2016, bouncing back from a sharp drop the year before but still trailing well behind the national average growth of 25 percent in solar jobs.... Read more»

40MW solar plant north of Tucson powers ASU, PayPal

Electricity from a new $90 million solar power plant in Red Rock will be underwritten by PayPal's operation in Phoenix, and Arizona State University. The facility, next to an existing natural-gas plant about 35 miles north of Tucson, was dedicated this week.... Read more»

Arizona still a power in solar industry, despite gains by other states

Arizona currently ranks second in total installed solar capacity after California, the nation’s undisputed leader. More than 100 solar facilities are operating or under construction here, and could have a large effect on our economy, with the potential to attract a skilled workforce.... Read more»

Future of solar threatened in nationwide fight over incentives

Two sun-drenched states have lately come to very different conclusions on a controversial solar power incentive essential to the industry's growth. How the Arizona Corporation Commission rules on UniSource's rate case is expected to signal how it will approach rate cases from five other state utilities.... Read more»

Palo Verde nuclear power plant continues to defy desert

The Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station uses as much as 80 million gallons of water a day to generate power for about 4.1 million people across the drought-ridden Southwest. ... Read more»

Solar jobs in Arizona grew last year, but at slower than nat'l rate

The addition of 612 solar-industry jobs brought the total to 9,170 in Arizona and reversed a drop from the year before. But gains were dampened by a drop in development jobs on big solar projects in Arizona, which fell from second to third in overall solar-industry employment. ... Read more»

Utility employee drafted anti-solar letter signed by Az congressmen

Rooftop solar companies are using deceptive marketing to push risky leases on consumers, and federal regulators need to step in. That was the message sent by six Arizona congressmen to the FTC and the recently created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. But one of those letters was drafted by an employee of Arizona Public Service, the state’s largest utility and one of the largest campaign donors for the group of lawmakers.... Read more»

Obama's numbers, January update

More jobs, higher paychecks, falling fuel prices: Our latest scorecard. ... Read more»

Solar home tour will brighten Saturday morning

The Southern Arizona Regional Solar Partnership is organizing a self-guided tour of solar-powered Midtown homes to help you decide if solar is right for you. ... Read more»

Solar Talk presentation Monday night

The Southern Arizona Regional Solar Partnership is holding two events in October to help you decide if solar is right for you. Monday night, you can learn about the basics of solar energy at a presentation that will include Mayor Jonathan Rothschild discussing the city's solar plans.... Read more»

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