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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!

Majority Rules . . . Or does it?

“Democracy by coincidence” is a phrase that researchers at Princeton and Northwestern universities coined in a study about political influence.  The phrase describes a situation in which ordinary citizens get what they want from government only when they happen to agree with the position of economic elites or interest groups representing business interests.

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Jim Stack
quote=Do you believe that public officials are ignoring public opinion in deciding recent issues relating to solar energy? I cert... Read More
Sunday, 27 April 2014 07:29
Jim Stack
Another example of ignoring Public Opinion was last year when ADEQ cancelled the Clean Car Program. It cost nothing and gave hybri... Read More
Monday, 05 May 2014 15:29
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The Tucson Solar Potluck: A Who’s Who of Solar in Arizona

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.

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Jim Stack
Of course. We just had the Great Solar Cookout today at ASU with about 10 solar ovens. We also had electric cars like the LEAF and... Read More
Saturday, 12 April 2014 18:45
bruce plenk
Jim- Thanks for a great recap of the SOlar Potluck. We hope that some of our solar friends from the Valley can make it down this y... Read More
Sunday, 13 April 2014 08:47
Jim Stack
Yesterday I rode my ELF http://www.OrganicTransit.com to ASU East about 15 miles each way and saw their world leading Sunpower C... Read More
Thursday, 24 April 2014 08:48
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The benefits of solar: Will anybody listen?

Arizona is about to begin an important discussion on the cost benefits of solar energy. The discussion is scheduled for May 7 as part of a series of workshops the Arizona Corporation Commission has scheduled to examine the impacts of innovation on the utility business model.

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Jim Stack
I think all the public officials hear the facts but don't want to believe them. There are a lot of non peer reviewed studies and c... Read More
Sunday, 06 April 2014 07:48
Joe Doaks
Wow! Minnesota effectively built A back-door carbon tax into its formula. Brilliant!
Sunday, 06 April 2014 11:39
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Let The Sun Shine

Last summer the Arizona Solar Center initiated this blog as a way to shine a light on all aspects of solar energy in Arizona.  One of the objectives is to provide a voice for solar end-users that might not otherwise be heard.  Since its inception, the blog has been dominated by policy issues and how those policies impact the end-user.

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Jim Stack
Another Solar EVent coming up is the Sky Song German Solar ,Date: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 9:00am to 7:00pm (no fooling) Note tha... Read More
Sunday, 23 March 2014 14:53
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AZ Solar Center Launches Interactive Legislative Tracker

The Arizona Solar Center's mission is to promote the utilization of solar energy throughout Arizona. And in case you haven't noticed, in the past five or six years this usage in the state has skyrocketed.

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Barbie Burke
That is so sad to read about our legislators trying to tax solar leases. I am a Realtor/Broker and I know investors would not be... Read More
Sunday, 16 March 2014 08:14
Jim Stack
Minnesota Adopts First Statewide Method for Calculating the Value of Solar Power March 14, 2014 by Kiley Kroh http://billmoyers.co... Read More
Sunday, 16 March 2014 22:00
Jim Stack
Also no tax on leased systems. Utilities should pay the value Solar prices determined with facts and real data. http://www.renewa... Read More
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 09:16
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