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SRP and Clenera will begin construction on Arizona’s largest solar plant in 2023 northwest of Flagstaff. SRP has been working to expand solar, including at East Line Solar in Coolidge, shown here, which was initiated by SRP and is owned and operated by a subsidiary of AES.

Salt River Project has partnered with Clēnera, a private renewable energy company, to bring Arizona its largest solar plant on 2,400 acres of private land northwest of Flagstaff by 2024. Read more»

The Pima County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 on Tuesday to approve a lease with American Battery Factory, which plans to spend $1.2 billion to start making battery cells in Tucson and says the company plans to bring in 1,000 jobs with average salaries of $65,000. Read more»

IEI residential project on Standing Rock at the home of Tribal elders.

Indigenized Energy Initiative - a nonprofit established to help guide further solar development on Native lands - is working "to developing renewable energy as a means to mitigate climate change, eliminate poverty and restore sovereignty in Tribal communities." Read more»

Community choice energy authorize cities and counties to buy cheaper and cleaner energy at a bulk discount, passing the cost savings on to ratepayers and putting the choice of where energy comes from back into the hands of the community. Read more»

Haaland said the Interior is including tribes in the rulemaking process and in project proposals with early engagement and government-to-government consultation.

The Biden administration says it will significantly reduce the amount it charges companies to build wind and solar projects on public land, a move meant to incentivize renewable energy development. Read more»

Tucson is looking into backstopping loans to low-income residents who want to install solar energy in their homes. It would likely be a small program but lead to larger support, one local solar business leader said. Read more»

Solar panels at the Visitor Center on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.

Reliance on fossil fuels is increasingly a threat to national and economic security, and Arizona has shown that embracing the electric vehicle industry can do more than clean the air and save consumers money — It can invigorate an economy. Read more»

Project Nexus, which will break ground this fall in Central California, aims to test water and energy conservation using solar-panel canopies.

A pilot project in California’s lush Central Valley looks to save water and increase energy efficiency by building solar-panel canopies over existing canals - but such a solution is impractical in Arizona, where costs would be too high and the savings too low. Read more»

The construction project to build the Kayenta solar farms on the Navajo Nation, shown here in 2018, employed hundreds of people, nearly 90 percent of whom were Navajo citizens. Renewable energy is drawing increasing attention from tribes and others as a way to build jobs for the future.

Native American tribes are working to harness energy from wind, sun and water to generate millions of dollars in revenue, create short- and long-term jobs and reduce utility costs for citizens, while also helping combat climate change and boost energy independence. Read more»

Victor Palafox uses an air-powered saw to separate a panel’s glass and solar cells from its aluminum frame at We Recycle Solar in Yuma on Feb. 9, 2022.

Waste is a problem around the world as solar power becomes more affordable and the need to reduce fossil fuel usage more acute - but solar recycling isn’t yet cost effective, and not all materials used in panels can be extracted – problems the industry and researchers are working on. Read more»

The town of Sahuarita will be losing one tenant and gaining another at its advanced manufacturing site, while Santa Cruz County wrestles with an offer from a mining company.

Santa Cruz County may get land for a park, as some smell conspiracy. Sahuarita is set to lose one tenant at their tech manufacturing facility but will gain another. Read more»

Gila River Indian Community Governor Stephen Roe Lewis, Salt River Indian Community President Martin Harvier and Ak-Chin Indian Community Chairman Robert Miguel gathered on Dec. 11 to discuss the way the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will benefit their communities.

Infrastructure issues have plagued tribal communities for decades, and with federal funding finally coming into Indian Country from the the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, many Arizona tribal leaders are looking forward to what that means for their communities. Read more»

The coal-fired Navajo Generating Station near Page, Arizona. The plant was decommissioned in 2019, and the smokestacks demolished on December 18, 2020.

People around the world know that West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin is the essential 50th vote in the U.S. Senate that President Joe Biden needs to pass his climate agenda into law - which doesn’t bode well, given Manchin’s longstanding opposition to ambitious climate action. Read more»

Health care activists are lobbying for sustainability through policy changes.

Doctors, nurses and hospitals increasingly are seeing patients sickened by climate-related problems, but hospital groups have resisted sustainability commitments on the grounds they will bring more red tape and costs. Read more»

The Ivanpah solar thermal plant in California’s Mojave Desert uses mirrors to concentrate the sun’s energy onto three solar collectors, which heat water to run steam turbines.

President Biden called for major clean energy investments as a way to curb climate change and generate jobs after the White House released a report that found that solar power could generate up to 45% of the U.S. electricity supply by 2050, compared to less than 4% today. Read more»

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