Recent Updates

The following items have been recently added or updated:

Federal Tax Credit and Incentives (2022):

Some Almost Forgotten Solar History

Berkeley Lab’s “Utility-Scale Solar, 2021 Edition”

Electrification of transportation sector = More Renewable Energy Needed

Tucson Electric Power (TEP) to provide 70% of its energy from solar and wind by 2035

A link to a good article on What You Need to Know to make Sure Your Solar Rooftop is Properly Valued at Time of Sale: Is Solar Sexy When You Sell Your Home?

APS- Residential Battery Pilot Program

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Interesting Technology Updates -Click on a title below

  • - A radical idea to get a high-renewable electric grid

    This is an interesting approach to optaining very high penetration of renewables such as photovoltaics and wind.  At present most large installations operate under Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) wherein the economics are based on a sell all output at predetermined prices. This contrasts with standalone systems wherein the system size Read More
  • - Breakthrough Batteries Powering the Era of Clean Electrification

    - Breakthrough Batteries Powering the Era of Clean Electrification Battery Storage Costs Drop Dramatically, Making Way to a New Era. A recent Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) report continues to confirm that clean electrification through batteries is advancing at impressive rates. Very interesting report: Breakthrough Batteries- Powering the Era of Clean Electrification Read More
  • - Changes impacting photovoltaic (PV) installations in the 2020 National Electrical Code (NEC)

    - Changes impacting photovoltaic (PV) installations in the 2020 National Electrical Code (NEC) A look at some of the more significant changes under consideration for the 2020 National Electrical Code (NEC) that will affect future distributed generation systems (solar electric wind, etc.). Article 690, Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Systems and Article 705, being renamed Interconnected Electric Power Production Sources, are specific to distributed generation. Read More
  • - Interesting Technology

    An assortment of links to interesting information   Semiconductor Nanowires Could Double the Efficiency of Silicon Solar Cells A p/n semiconductor junction is not the only way of converting sunshine into useful electrical energy.  Light consists of a flow of photons of various energy levels (colors).  See this article-Solar Cells.  Nanowires Read More
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Student Competitions

Developing interest in science, math and engineering among students is an important endeavor. Competitions like the ones below are excellent engineering activities to foster excitement in students of all ages about various ways to use photovoltaic cells.

Solar Car Races
  • Dell-Winston Solar Car Challenge - In 1993, the Winston Solar Car Team launched an education program to teach high school students how to build and safely race roadworthy solar cars. The Winston Solar Education Program met this objective, and works to provide...  More information on Dell-Winston Solar Car Challenge
  • American Solar Challenge (formerly called Sunrayce) - The largest U.S. competition for solar-powered vehicles, the American Solar Challenge is a competition to design, build, and drive solar-powered cars in a cross-country time/distance rally event. More information

 

Solar Decathlon

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.  More information on the Solar Decathlon

 

Lecture & Presentation Materials

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Note: These presentations are provided as part of the on-going educational efforts of the AzSC to raise the level of public awareness and knowledge. Any use of protected information and images is ancillary and unintentional, and if inappropriate will be removed upon notification.

Education Overview

Solar energy education takes on many forms - from a certificate program for professionals to topic-specific instruction for the DIY individual. Formal education is offered by universities, community colleges, technical colleges and on-line programs.  Whether you are looking for an educational offering for passive solar design, photovoltaic or solar water heating -- the State of Arizona has many organizations that teach concepts and applications of solar energy usage.  The following institutions have offered courses in the past. You may contact them directly for more information.

  • Arizona State University
    Lightworks at Arizona State University: ASU LightWorks
    ASU Lightworks is an umbrella organization of laboratories, departments, research centers and individual researchers with a focus on various forms of alternative energy sources, primarily solar, bioenergy and energy storage.
  • Chandler-Gilbert Community College
  • Coconino Community College
  • Gentle Strength University
  • Northern Arizona University
    Clean Energy Research and Education at Northern Arizona University: NAU - Clean Energy Research and Education
    The Clean Energy Research and Education Group provides society with broadly educated energy experts and new technologies, and helps shape energy decision-making in both the private and public sectors while increasing the public's energy literacy.
  • Pima Community College
  • Prescott College
    Environmental Studies and Sustainability curriculum and degree programs. Visit Prescott College Website for more information.
  • University of Arizona
    AzRISE at University of Arizona: Arizona Research Institute for Energy Solutions
    AzRISE (Arizona Research Institute for Energy Solutions) is a hub for cross-college energy science, policy and technology research and development, which benefits the public and enhances the land-grant mission of the University of Arizona. The Institute is a platform for energy experts, who work closely with industry, NGOs, government, and communities to address emerging energy challenges and opportunities.

 

Other:

  • Arizona Science Center - Call (602) 716-2000) to inquire about next offering.
  • Solar Institute - Visit the Solar Institute's Website for class locations/times.
  • Solar on-Line Learning Center - Solar Online provides training and education for employment and professional advancement in the renewable energy and sustainable building industries. Visit Solar on-Line's Website for class locations/times.
  • SolarAccess.com on-Line Courses - Visit Solar on-Line's Website for class locations/times.
  • IREC Workforce Education - Click here

Education Modules

Arizona is a land of physical and climatic diversity. From the San Francisco Peaks to the Sonoran desert, Arizonans past and present have adapted to this land of diversity and climatic intensity .

Arizona history is replete with solar applications that are reflected in the form and shape of our buildings and the patterns of our behavior. Through time, Arizonans have evolved solar strategies in their buildings and their equipment.

The Solar Education Modules presented below provide a visual example of Arizonans Living With the Sun.

 

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  • Welcome to the Arizona Solar Center

     This is your source for solar and renewable energy information in Arizona. Explore various technologies, including photovoltaics, solar water heating, solar architecture, solar cooking and wind power. Keep up to date on the latest industry news. Follow relevant lectures, expositions and tours. Whether you are a homeowner looking to become more energy efficient, a student learning the science behind the technologies or an industry professional, you will find valuable information here.
  • About The Arizona Solar Center

    About The Arizona Solar Center Arizona Solar Center Mission- The mission of the Arizona Solar Center is to enhance the utilization of renewable energy, educate Arizona's residents on solar technology developments, support commerce and industry in the development of solar and other sustainable technologies and coordinate these efforts throughout the state of Arizona. About the Arizona Solar Center- The Arizona Solar Center (AzSC) provides a broad-based understanding of solar energy, especially as it pertains to Arizona. Registered Read More
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