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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!

Waves of Disruption

This winter, Citibank Research issued a report in which it concluded the utility industry is a dinosaur waiting to die.

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Jim Stack
The Utilities have to realize what customers are the ideal and best customer in their area. If they can do this and work with cust... Read More
Saturday, 01 March 2014 21:29
Jim Stack
Imagine Great Solar Policy, Imagine if the State of Arizona had visionary leaders and a Commission like California. They have ... Read More
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 16:34
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The REST of the Story

Arizona Corporation Commission Chairman Bob Stump issued a statement last week concerning the Commission’s desire for further discussions on how to count rooftop solar toward fulfilling the state’s Renewable Energy Standard (REST) requirements. The REST requires that by 2025 Arizona utilities must generate 15 percent of their overall energy portfolio from renewable sources with 30 percent of that total coming from distributed resources such as rooftop solar.

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Jim Stack
It should be pretty easy to count the Solar roof top systems. They can do like New Mexico and even pay a monthly REC to the home o... Read More
Monday, 24 February 2014 22:11
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Arizona: The State of the Solar State - Part 1

2013 was an event horizon for the solar electric industry in Arizona. The year brought acrimonious debate over net metering, as the utility industry attempted to reel-in a burgeoning rooftop solar movement that it had portrayed in a white-paper as a threat to its century-old business model and profit margins.

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Amanda Ormond
Arizona's clean energy industry and advocates have a long history of working together to support the development of all clean tech... Read More
Tuesday, 28 January 2014 16:55
Jim Stack
Bell Labs first commercialized the Solar PV cells in their amazing 5% efficient Solar battery as it was called in 1954. There is n... Read More
Thursday, 30 January 2014 07:11
Dale P Carriere
Arizonas Rooftop Solar Industry faces utility opposition due to an outdated utility business model that has not kept up with moder... Read More
Thursday, 30 January 2014 11:37
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A Newfangled Utility

Americans are bargain hunters at heart. Black Friday shoppers will stand in line overnight to save a few bucks on a sale item. And for years, with the exception of a handful of early adopters who acted out of either environmental concerns or energy independence interests, most Arizona homeowners were waiting on the sidelines for the promise of a solar electron that was cheaper than conventional utility power.

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Jim Stack
Commissioners can encourage more innovation by only making rules after they have all the facts. If they check all the facts on Net... Read More
Sunday, 12 January 2014 15:04
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Sun Day Times

This year marked the 35th anniversary of Sun Day – May 3, 1978.  President Jimmy Carter proclaimed that day as “Sun Day” and called upon the American people to observe the occasion with appropriate activities and ceremonies to demonstrate the potential of solar energy.

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Bill Kaszeta
We need to be vigilant and preserve our gains: In 2006, the Arizona Corporation Commission approved the Renewable Energy Standard ... Read More
Tuesday, 31 December 2013 07:39
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