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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!

(Energy) Independence Day

Originally conjured up during the 1973 Arab Oil Embargo, the expression “Energy Independence” has become a powerful verbal icon. Over the last 40 years this term emerged as a catchphrase for nearly every public office-seeker promising to make America strong once more.

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Curt Shannon
Great piece. I'll simply add that the technology and finance legs of the clean-energy "stool" appear to be in fairly good shape. ... Read More
Sunday, 06 July 2014 13:12
Jim Stack
Nevada gets it. They put a bigger fee on all GRID connected homes, Solar or not. quote=The study, conducted for state regulators ... Read More
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 08:57
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The Calm Before the Storm

In February, we wrote in our Sun Day blog about the “Waves of Disruption” sweeping over the electric utility sector.  Those waves look as if they are gaining strength.

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Jim Stack
Question: What role should utilities play in the emerging rooftop solar sector? It's their choice. Read my uncle ... Read More
Sunday, 29 June 2014 14:56
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A Golden Opportunity

Numerologists believe that the numerical sequence 111 is a sign of a golden opportunity, a doorway opening up.  It may be just a coincidence, but the proposed new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule for reducing emissions from existing power plants falls under section 111 (d) of the EPA's Clean Air Act.

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Jim Stack
Yesterday 6-10-2014 I went with the Sierra Club to a Phoenix Senate meeting on the new EPA rules. They spent 99% of the time deny... Read More
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 18:12
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Looking Back – Looking Ahead

Memorial Day is upon us and across the US people are remembering and honoring those that gave their lives for our country. The Arizona Solar Center joins Americans everywhere in saluting those that have died in our nation’s service.

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Jim Stack
The APS 500 Solar and Electric competitions were helping move from old 20% gas engines to very clean and 90% efficient all electri... Read More
Monday, 26 May 2014 10:50
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What Is The Value of Solar?

The value of solar in Arizona was the subject of an Arizona Corporation Commission workshop on May 7.  Two things were abundantly clear after a day of power-points and presentations:

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Jim Stack
It's pretty simple. Have the utilities pay solar home owners and all Solar customers the same price they charge others for Solar (... Read More
Sunday, 18 May 2014 18:12
Jim Stack
quote=1. Had we known ten years ago what we know now -- we would have done things differently. Also in answer to your question 1 ... Read More
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 15:45
Jim Stack
a 3rd party calculation on the true value of solar VoS. It is worth reading. http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/articl... Read More
Friday, 23 May 2014 09:14
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