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Arizona Solar Center Blog

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!

The Promise of Solar

A decade ago Governor Napolitano asked me to present at an energy forum of the National Governors Association taking place in Wilmington, Delaware.

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Jim Stack
Question: What is the promise of renewable energy? The promise is that it can supply more energy at less cost than any other form... Read More
Saturday, 26 March 2016 20:45
John Barber
And in recent news, APS sent out an RFP to acquire 400-600 megawatts of additional capacity. Why are they advocating restriction... Read More
Sunday, 27 March 2016 08:11
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Papercrete breaks the mold

It's as if the star characters of the kid's game "Rock, Paper, Scissors" finally figured out that working together can be a whole lot more productive (and fun!) than one always ending up as a loser.

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Pawlowski
It is good to learn that Barry's work goes on. Research has advanced since 2010 http://blog.nwf.org/2010/02/junk-mail-into-concre... Read More
Monday, 21 March 2016 04:34
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Thanksgiving Reflections

When you have been involved in this industry for five decades, it’s hard to look at where solar energy is today -- compared to where it was in the 1970s -- and not be thankful.

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We're Number 1: The Only State Without An Energy Office

This past month Arizonans witnessed the dismantling of its Energy Office in what was described as a budget saving move.

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Question: Is there a role for government in the energy field? YES -First they can stop all the subsidies for Fossil fuels and Nu... Read More
Sunday, 13 September 2015 18:41
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For What It's Worth

The debate over climate change is largely settled, and most Americans understand that one of the best weapons to reduce climate altering emissions is for individuals to employ passive solar strategies and adopt renewable energy technologies.

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Joe Costion
My Solar water heater: Is a Cornell Passive Batch heater. I installed it on my house in Flagstaff circa 1984. I have very littl... Read More
Sunday, 29 March 2015 07:58
Keith rowley
putting solar electric power on my home is one of the best decisions I've ever made. Its paid for and satisfies all of my electric... Read More
Monday, 30 March 2015 05:05
Jim Stack
There's something happening here -- and what it is is pretty clear. quote from Jim Arwood http://ecowatch.com/2015/03/27/solar-un... Read More
Tuesday, 31 March 2015 19:49
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Visions of tomorrow . . . take root today

This morning while thinking of all the solar pioneers and their contributions to an alternative future, I was inspired by a speech my son, Jimmy, delivered last week at the state capitol as part of the protest against budget cuts to education.

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Jim Stack
This power company is adding storage to better manage all the Renewable energy it gets. Now that is vision. http://www.renewablee... Read More
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 12:52
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Rooftop Solar Users: M-m-m-my Generation

Salt River Project management has proposed dramatic changes to its residential electricity rates that carry significant impacts for its more than 12,000 rooftop solar customers.

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Peter Schumann
Frankly, I think this is outrageous! In a state where there is abundance of sun energy SRP wants to throttle back this development... Read More
Sunday, 18 January 2015 08:03
Jim Stack
The Who, good title and song about this Self Generation issue as SRP calls the people who help the G-G-GRID written by Peter Town... Read More
Monday, 19 January 2015 08:17
Pat
Jim, We became residents of AZ in 2012, having moved from beautiful Colorado. We are now doubting this decision when something l... Read More
Monday, 19 January 2015 11:30
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The Clean Energy Story of 2014: There is No Planet B

The biggest clean energy story in 2014 may well be our Story of the Year again come next December: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan.

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Russell Lowes
Hi Jim, You write, "The bottom line is clear for all to see -- natural gas, renewables and energy efficiency are the answer to ho... Read More
Sunday, 04 January 2015 11:05
Jim Stack
also agree with Russ. The US hit peak NG in 2004 and was importing and building platforms to get compressed NG from other countrie... Read More
Saturday, 17 January 2015 11:20
Cassey
I don't agree natural gas would be considered as a clean energy while we have many alternative resources that could help reduce gr... Read More
Sunday, 08 March 2015 23:58
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The Year In Review - 2014

Some of the biggest issues facing society in the new year will involve finding solutions to our energy and climate problems, and how the growing tension over power production plays out. As the calendar turns to 2015, the Arizona Solar Center takes a look back at some of the major solar stories that made headlines in 2014.

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Partial Eclipse of the Sun: The Good Solar vs Bad Solar Conflict

Earthwise, Solar Choice and Solar Partners are just some of the marketing catchphrases and program names that have characterized utility solar programs in Arizona since 1997.

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Targeting Climate Voters

Earlier this week the New York Times published an article about how environmental issues have become a major force in political advertising during this election cycle.

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The benefits of solar: Will anybody listen?

Arizona is about to begin an important discussion on the cost benefits of solar energy. The discussion is scheduled for May 7 as part of a series of workshops the Arizona Corporation Commission has scheduled to examine the impacts of innovation on the utility business model.

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Jim Stack
I think all the public officials hear the facts but don't want to believe them. There are a lot of non peer reviewed studies and c... Read More
Sunday, 06 April 2014 07:48
Joe Doaks
Wow! Minnesota effectively built A back-door carbon tax into its formula. Brilliant!
Sunday, 06 April 2014 11:39
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Net Metering: Point-Counterpoint Responses to the ACC Staff’s Recommendations

This week’s Sun Day Blog(s) covers both sides of the issue of the Net Metering debate. APS and AriSEIA (Arizona Solar Energy Industries Association) were asked to provide their respective positions on the Arizona Corporation Commission Staff’s recommendations concerning the net metering proposed changes offered earlier this summer by APS.

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Nik
APS is only looking out for themselves. They will be the only ones benefiting from the change. Solar customers will suffer, solar ... Read More
Sunday, 13 October 2013 12:29
James Pitre
The issue of fairness may need to be addressed, however by far the more important issue is how do we collectively establish a poli... Read More
Sunday, 13 October 2013 13:25
Jim Stack
So when a solar customer makes extra energy right during the Peak hours and it flows to a neighbors house and APS bills that custo... Read More
Monday, 14 October 2013 09:31
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Breaking News: ACC Staff Recommends Postponing Net Metering Discussion Until 2015

October 1 -- Yesterday the Arizona Corporation Commission Staff issued its highly anticipated recommendations in response to APS's proposed rule changes directed at residential solar customers.

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Jim Stack
This is just a recommendation by the staff at this time. If the commissioners agree it just delays it for 2 years until the next r... Read More
Friday, 04 October 2013 20:36
Henry Harding
I have another property and would like to have solar on that as well. If the Corporation Commission goes with the staff recommenda... Read More
Saturday, 05 October 2013 04:56
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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 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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