On April 26, the Tucson Solar Potluck will be held in the desert north of Tucson. It is the 32nd straight year for the gathering of solar enthusiasts, a streak that some believe qualifies it as the longest continuously held solar event in the U.S.
APS, solar companies clash over credits to customersSource: Arizona Republic
The state’s largest utility and companies that install solar panels are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in a high-stakes battle over how much customers should be paid for the power their panels produce. As part of its strategy, Arizona Public Service Co. sent cash to two non-profit groups that support the utility’s goal to make solar customers pay higher bills. Solar-panel companies have been equally aggressive, characterizing the utility as trying to “kill solar.”
APS lobbyist pitched plan to alter energy panelSource: Arizona Republic
Representatives of one of the state’s top consulting firms pitched a plan to Arizona Public Service Co. four years ago outlining how the utility could work behind the scenes to alter a commission established by the state Constitution to regulate it. The plan proposed that APS fund a $4.3 million campaign using out-of-state non-profit groups to generate “fake controversies” regarding the Arizona Corporation Commission. Those controversies could sway voters and lead them to elect new regulators, the plan suggested, or could influence legislators to add additional seats on the commission.
Arizona Utility Tries Storing Solar Energy for Use in the DarkSource: New York Times
When it snowed in Flagstaff, Ariz., recently, thousands of people woke up and turned up their electric heating, and Arizona Public Service saw electricity demand reach a morning peak. To meet the demand, the company used the previous afternoon’s sunshine. In a closely watched new solar project called Solana, the energy is gathered in a three-square-mile patch of desert bulldozed flat near Gila Bend, about 50 miles southwest of Phoenix.
ACC Staff rejects APS proposalSource: Greentech Media
Staff experts for Arizona’s utility regulators have come out against a proposal by Arizona Public Service, the state’s biggest electricity provider, to alter solar’s net metering incentive. “Staff recommends that the Commission not approve either of the [net energy metering] cost-shift solutions proffered by APS,” reads a September 30 memo from the Arizona Corporation Commission staff to the commissioners who will decide on the utility’s proposal. The memo also recommends the issue not be evaluated until APS’ 2014 rate evaluation process.
ASU-UNM team builds 'net-zero-energy home' to compete in solar decathlonSource: The Tribune
A team of students from Arizona State University and the University of New Mexico has collaborated to create a net-zero-energy home and hopes to garner a prize at a national competition. The ASU/UNM team will compete this week against 19 other entries at the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon in Irvine, California The event is a Super Bowl of sorts for solar-powered homes and is aimed at creating a new generation of builders who think green, the Arizona Republic reported.
The Battle for a Solar ArizonaSource: Tucson Weekly
A war on solar energy incentives and the ability of homeowners with rooftop solar to sell power back to utility companies is raging in parts of the U.S. as utilities attempt to derail the decentralized, "distributed generation" energy movement. And Arizona is in the crosshairs. At the forefront of this war is a scuffle between Arizona Public Service, the state's largest utility, and solar installers over "net metering," which has drawn national attention from the media and solar industry organizations.
APS Renewable Energy - 2013 Residential UFI Budget UpdateSource: Arizona Public Service (APS)
Sent: Thursday, September 26, 2013 2:37 AM
Subject: APS Renewable Energy - 2013 Residential UFI Budget Update
|The 2013 residential incentive funding for both grid-tied rooftop solar systems and other technology applications such as solar water heating and geothermal energy was depleted September 25, 2013. (Up-front incentive monies are still available for homebuilder installations.) Availability of any potential future incentives will depend on decisions by the Arizona Corporation Commission.
Residential customers can continue to participate in the APS Renewable Energy Program and should apply for interconnection to our electric grid by:
APS Renewable Energy Program
Solar infighting over net meteringSource: Motley Fool
The buzz in solar right now is about the incredible growth in the residential and commercial sectors. These are the solar panels popping up on home rooftops and Wal-Marts across the country. What you may not realize is that residential and commercial solar are based on one of the industry's most controversial policies -- net metering.
What is net energy metering?
‘Solar Room’ helps APS monitor renewable energy sites around stateSource: Cronkite News
In a room tucked away at APS headquarters downtown, two employees spend their workdays watching large screens and computer monitors showing the status of renewable energy plants across Arizona. On this morning, one of the plants represented on a state map is flashing red, prompting the utility to dispatch a technician to the unmanned Cotton Center, a Gila Bend facility with enough solar panels to power thousands of homes.
Welcome to the APS Solar Monitoring Room.
Arizona State University and The University of New Mexico SD2013 Audiovisual PresentationSource: DOE Solar Decathlon on Youtube
(Originally posted 9/3/2013)
Meet SHADE -- the 2013 Solar Decathlon entry of ASU and University of New Mexico.
TEP Receives Environmental Stewardship Award for Investment in Solar EnergySource: Market Watch
Valley Forward’s Environmental Stewardship Award for Southern AZ was presented to TEP for leadership and investment in solar energy at the UofA’s Solar Zone.
3 more schools in Peoria Unified going solarSource: Arizona Republic
Three more schools in the Peoria Unified School District are expected to have solar panels by June 2014, saving the district roughly $2.5million in utility bills over the next 20 years, district officials estimate.
Tucson Electric Power backs out of coal plant, looks at more gas, renewablesSource: Phoenix Business Journal
Tucson Electric Power is changing around its generation portfolio, making a move to dump some coal power and replace it with natural gas and renewables.
Walmart Expands Rooftop Solar Initiative at Stores Across Country, ArizonaSource: GetSolar.com
As part of a worldwide effort, Walmart has begun to install solar on its buildings in Arizona to reduce energy consumption and improve its commitment to environmental sustainability.