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Albert Laird, SolarCity’s regional vice president, stands in front of 1 million square feet of solar panels his company installed atop a Walmart distribution center in Buckeye. He says solar has become a major industry in Arizona.

Arizona ranked second in the nation in installation of photovoltaic solar panels in the quarter that ended in March, reported The Solar Energy Industries Association earlier this month. Read more» 1

Solar panels are installed on a building's roof.

Homeowners and businessowners interested in the benefits of solar energy will have the chance to learn about leasing rooftop systems at a workshop presented by U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' office Thursday. Read more»

A parking lot at ASU is covered by an array of solar panels.

The question is not if we will see increasing demand for solar power in the coming years, it is only whether Arizona will dominate this emerging industry or will settle for a small slice of the pie. Our state can and must be at the very epicenter of this burgeoning industry. Read more» 1

Having the largest solar power plant in the world in our backyard is not just a reminder of solar's limitless potential. It is a testament to the fact that solar is a technology and economic driver that doesn't need to wait for tomorrow. It already is here, bringing benefits to our state and nation. Read more» 3

A rendering of the Solana solar plant.

The "world's largest solar plant" planned near Gila Bend will receive a $1.45 billion loan guarantee, President Obama announced Saturday. "This plant will be the first large-scale solar plant in the U.S. to actually store the energy it generates for later use – even at night," he said. Read more» 19