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Living with the Sun - Arizona Style - 8 Modules

Modules prepared by the Arizona Solar Energy Association & the Arizona Solar Center for the Arizona Department of Commerce Energy Office under a contract from the U.S. Dept. of Energy Million Solar Roof Program.

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Virtual Solar Tour Test

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Vision of a Solar Arizona

A time when significant amounts of clean energy are generated from the power of the sun – may be closer than you think.  In this presentation, compiled by the Arizona Department of Commerce Energy Office in 2002, you’ll learn of  efforts to maximize the utilization of renewable energy across the state. This was developed as part of the Million Solar Roofs program, which concluded in 2006.

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Living with the Sun - Arizona Style

Arizona is a land of physical and climatic diversity -

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from the San Francisco Peaks to the Sonoran desert, Arizonans past and present have adapted to this land of diversity and often to conditions of climatic intensity. The heat of the desert summer sun and the cold of a mountain winter have had direct impact on the form and shape of our buildings, and the patterns of our behavior.

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Living with the Sun - Arizona Style

Arizona is a land of physical and climatic diversity -

LIVING WITH the SUN - IMAGE 02 LIVING WITH the SUN - IMAGE 03

from the San Francisco Peaks to the Sonoran desert, Arizonans past and present have adapted to this land of diversity and often to conditions of climatic intensity. The heat of the desert summer sun and the cold of a mountain winter have had direct impact on the form and shape of our buildings, and the patterns of our behavior.

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Virtual Tours (Galleries)

The Vision of a Solar Arizona

An Arizona Virtual Solar Tour compiled by AZ Dept. of Commerce - Energy Office

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Passive Solar, Trombe Wall, Photovoltaic and more - Gallery

Courtesy, Dr. Martin J. Pasqualetti
  • NOTE: Photos obtained from the photo gallery are to be used for lawful purposes only. Any commercial use must receive prior approval from the Arizona Solar Center. Credit shall be given to Photographer along with Arizona Solar Center, and no affiliation with Arizona Solar Center is to be implied.

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Wind Power Gallery

Courtesy, Dr. Martin J. Pasqualetti; Arizona and US Wind Resource Maps courtesy NREL
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Wind Power



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Wind/Solar Electric Array SE of Tucson

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Geothermal Energy


Geothermal energy is, literally, the heat of the earth. The heat itself derives from radioactive decay beneath the earth's surface and, in certain locations, it is concentrated enough and is close enough to surface waters to be brought to the surface for a variety of purposes. When it is above 150 degrees C (302 F), it is usually considered hot enough to be used to generate electricity as it is in Italy, El Salvador, Mexico, Japan, Iceland, and Indonesia, among other countries. No such operations exist in Arizona, but several power plants are currently in operation just west of Yuma, Arizona in the Imperial Valley of southeastern California. Although some high temperature geothermal resources exist southeast of Phoenix near the now-retired Williams Air Force Base, they have never been deemed economically feasible.

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Hydropower




Hydropower has been used for millennia in most countries of the world. Its longest application has been for use in mechanical tasks, such as grinding grain. With such simple mechanical devices as a "noria", it has also long been used to lift water. Within the last 100 years, hydropower was applied to the conversion of its kinetic energy to electrical energy. Today, hydropower produces 24 percent of the world's electricity and supplies more than 1 billion people with power.

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Other Renewable Energy Sources

Hoover Dam

Hydropower

Hydropower has been used for millennia in most countries of the world. Its longest application has been for use in mechanical tasks, such as grinding grain. With such simple mechanical devices as a "noria", it has also long been used to lift water. Within the last 100 years...
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President Obama Announces New Light Bulb Standards

Biggest energy saver in history of Energy Department

Washington D.C. (June 29, 2009): New national minimum energy efficiency requirements for light bulbs will save more energy than any other standard ever issued by any administration, according to a coalition representing environmental and consumer organizations, state government, and utilities. The new standards, announced by President Obama today, will make the hundreds of millions of fluorescent tube lamps that light offices, stores, and factories more efficient. They also will phase out conventional incandescent reflector lamps, effectively extending the phase out of inefficient incandescent products initiated by Congress in 2007 to the common cone-shaped bulbs used in recessed light fixtures and track lighting.

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Solar Architecture

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Initiatives & Programs

Arizona Initiatives

Governor's Solar Energy Advisory Task Force
www.azenergy.gov/Policy/GSETF.aspx

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Legislation (Federal & State)

Incentive Programs across the U.S. (Prepared by DSIRE)

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State Legislative Tracker

Updated: April 26, 2014:
The Arizona Legislature adjourned on Thursday, April 24 at 1:42 am -- bringing an end to the 51st legislature – second session. Of the bills the Az Solar Center was tracking – SB 1484 was signed into law by the Governor earlier this month. Two other bills, SB 1301 and HB 2403, passed the legislature and have been transmitted to the Governor for her signature.

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Solar Leasing & Lending

Updated Feb. 16, 2014

In 2014 solar adoption makes up a very small percent of the electrical generation mix in Arizona. But the trend is accelerating in favor of solar utilization not only in Arizona, but across the country.

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