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APS renewable plan boosts rate, projects

Arizona Public Service Co.'s renewable energy plan for 2011, calls for a slight bump in bills while laying the groundwork for more solar installations. The plan, OK'd by the Arizona Corporation Commission, also calls for incentives and development of $96 million in renewable projects, rooftop solar and other items.

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L.A.'s Long-Term Electricity Plan Calls for Earlier Cutoff of Coal, More Solar

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the nation's largest municipally owned utility, has released a final draft of a long-term strategy that calls for ending its reliance on coal-fired power sooner than is now planned and ramping up solar and wind energy resources.

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Temporary Suspension of SRP’s Large Commercial Solar Electric Program


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International Energy Agency Releases World Energy Outlook

The Copenhagen Accord and agreements among G20 nations to phase out subsidies to fossil fuels is a step in the right direction, but much more needs to be done to reach a goal of energy sustainability, according to International Energy Agency (IEA) Executive Director Nobuo Tanaka, speaking during the release of IEA's annual World Energy Outlook (WEO) report in London.

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Solar power pushes toward parity

Hefty tax credits and utility rebates have helped fuel a sun-powered boom that has solar arrays sprouting up on rooftops and carports in Tucson and across Arizona. But as prices for solar systems plunge, the market is accelerating toward the day when the cost of generating solar power will match standard electric rates - without any subsidies.

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State grant will help put solar panels on Cave Creek Museum

The Cave Creek museum has been awarded a $34,000 grant by the Arizona Department of Commerce to pay for solar panels expected to meet the museum's electricity needs. The solar panels are expected to save the museum about $4,000 the first year.

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Nature Conservancy goes solar

When it adds a swimming-pool-sized rainwater tank to its array of "green" strategies later this year, the Nature Conservancy will close the loop on its sustainable campus on East Fort Lowell Road in Tucson.

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Green Pioneers help usher in sustainability to Valley

The Phoenix area is growing a little greener with a big assist from the sun. This week the Phoenix Business Journal is recognizing 12 Green Pioneers who are helping to lead the charge of business sustainability.

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National Bank of AZ firing up $2M solar array

National Bank of Arizona will throw the switch on a 402-kilowatt, $2 million solar photovoltaic array at its Southern Arizona headquarters today. The 24,000-square-foot solar installation will shade about 150 parking spaces on the roof of the parking garage adjacent to the bank headquarters in Tucson.

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AZ's largest solar project goes online

Arizona's largest commercial rooftop solar system - and perhaps one of the largest in the U.S. - has begun producing power for a food storage warehouse in South Phoenix. The $11.5 million, 2.4-megawatt system on the Cowley Industrial Park building was dedicated Oct. 27.

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Two Solar Energy Plants, Including 1 GW Plant, Approved for Federal Lands

The U.S. Interior Department has approved a permit for the $6 billion, 1,000 MW Blythe parabolic solar trough project and the 663.5 MW Calico solar power plant on federal lands in the California desert. The Blythe project would be one of the largest solar power plants in the world.

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TUV Rheinland, FM Approvals partner on solar roof standards

Boston-based FM Approval has developed two approval standards covering all forms of solar modules on roof-mounted systems. It will test modules at its lab in West Glocester, R.I. TUV Rheinland PTL will use its lab in Tempe, AZ.

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Caltech, IKEA, Coke Power Up Clean Power Systems

As more organizations focus on "greening" their facilities, they are adding all types of clean power including solar, wind, and fuel-cell technology. As an example, California Institute of Technology (Caltech) just fired up its 1.1-megawatt (MW) solar energy system. In Arizona, IKEA powered up its 75,000-square-foot solar array, consisting of two 300-kW systems at its store in Tempe.

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Pima County Unveils 1 MW Solar Plant

Pima County officials, SunEdison, and SOLON Corporation, have activated a 1 megawatt photovoltaic solar power plant near the Roger Road Wastewater Reclamation Facility - the largest solar photovoltaic deployment to date for Pima County. The solar power plant was made possible through a solar services agreement between Pima County and SunEdison.

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US Solar Industry Grows Despite Economy

According to a few announcements that have been made at Solar Power International, despite the dismal U.S. economy, the solar industry keeps right on growing. The solar energy industries association (SEIA) along with GTM Research released a report that shows that solar installations in 2010 are up more than 100% over 2009.

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Suntech starts production at first US plant

Chinese solar panel maker Suntech Power Holdings Co Ltd (STP.N) said on Friday it opened its first plant in the United States. The module production facility at Goodyear, Arizona has an initial annual capacity of 30 megawatt (MW).

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SRP cuts residential, small commercial solar incentives until May

Salt River Project will not be issuing any more solar incentives for residential or small commercial systems for the rest of its fiscal year because the available money has been allocated. Read more: SRP cuts residential, small commercial solar incentives until May.

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Important APS Installer & Dealer Training Announcement

Dear Installer/Dealer,

By now we hope you are familiar with the online application that our residential customers are now using to submit Renewable Energy Incentive Reservation Applications. On October 25, APS will launch significant enhancements to our online system that will provide you and our customers with additional online functionality, such as the ability to submit additional documentation online and the ability to track reservation status.

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Important APS Installer & Dealer Training

On October 25, APS will launch significant enhancements to our online system that will provide installers, dealers and APS customers with additional online functionality, such as the ability to submit additional documentation online and the ability to track reservation status.

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World's Largest Solar PV Power Plant Now Operating in Ontario, Canada

Arizona-based First Solar Inc. has announced the grand opening of the largest operational solar photovoltaic installation in the world, the 80-megawatt Sarnia Solar Project in the province of Ontario, Canada.

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