solar energy http://knau.org en Members of Arizona’s Solar-Power Industry Protest Leased-Panel Tax http://knau.org/post/members-arizona-s-solar-power-industry-protest-leased-panel-tax <p>Calling it unfair — and fearing loss of business — the state’s solar industry rallied at the Capitol today to convince Gov. Jan Brewer to overrule a decision by her Department of Revenue that the rooftop panels they lease to customers are taxable. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.</p><p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 23:12:13 +0000 Howard Fischer 48356 at http://knau.org Members of Arizona’s Solar-Power Industry Protest Leased-Panel Tax Earth Notes: Solar Panels: To Buy or To Lease? http://knau.org/post/earth-notes-solar-panels-buy-or-lease <p>In the sunny Southwest, installing solar panels to produce electricity makes a lot of sense. But should homeowners buy their own, or lease rooftop panels instead?</p><p> Wed, 14 May 2014 19:35:16 +0000 Cecile LeBlanc 47366 at http://knau.org Earth Notes: Solar Panels: To Buy or To Lease? NO AZ Solar School: One Of the Coolest Schools In America http://knau.org/post/no-az-solar-school-one-coolest-schools-america <p>Parent and Child Magazine recently named a school in northern Arizona one of the top 25 coolest schools in America. The STAR School, near Flagstaff and the edge of the Navajo Nation, is the first completely solar powered public charter school in the country. From making its own power, to growing its own food, the school's mission is to be as sustainable as possible. But, as Arizona Public Radio's Justin Regan reports, being off the grid has its challenges.</p><p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 19:13:56 +0000 Justin Regan 42802 at http://knau.org NO AZ Solar School: One Of the Coolest Schools In America Sec. Salazar Pushes Solar Energy Program http://knau.org/post/sec-salazar-pushes-solar-energy-program <p><span style='font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;'>Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar finalized a plan in Las Vegas Friday that allows the Bureau of Land Management to push forward a solar energy program for the Southwestern United States. Fri, 12 Oct 2012 22:59:11 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 21719 at http://knau.org Flagstaff Turns on Huge Solar Array http://knau.org/post/flagstaff-turns-huge-solar-array <p>Flagstaff officials fired up a new solar panel installation on Tuesday.</p><p>The city has installed 2,000 solar panels spanning 4.3 acres, and has plans for more.</p><p>A celebratory crowd gathered to flip the switch on a new solar installation.</p><p>The array, &nbsp;out at the Wildcat Hill Wastewater Treatment Plant will provide 21% of the facility&rsquo;s needs.</p><p>The city is working with an energy developer to offset the high energy costs of running the plant.</p><p>This is the first of three planned installations.</p> Tue, 07 Aug 2012 22:43:15 +0000 Sierra Eckert 18223 at http://knau.org Flagstaff Turns on Huge Solar Array Obama Administration to Fast Track Renewable Energy Projects http://knau.org/post/obama-administration-fast-track-renewable-energy-projects <p>President Obama announced seven large solar and wind projects in the west will be expedited.&nbsp; The announcement comes on the first day of the national clean energy summit.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 07 Aug 2012 21:04:33 +0000 18214 at http://knau.org Earth Notes: Solar Power, Thanks to the Crowd http://knau.org/post/earth-notes-solar-power-thanks-crowd <p>Flagstaff&rsquo;s Southside Murdoch Community Center is about to get solar panels installed on its roof. That&rsquo;s not innovative&mdash;but the way the panels are being paid for is. Thanks to 87 small-scale investors and a company named Solar Mosaic, the center will enjoy long-term energy savings without big upfront costs.</p><p>Solar Mosaic focuses on financing clean energy projects with help from what it calls the &ldquo;power of the crowd.&rdquo; So far the company has funded five solar projects in California and Arizona.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 02 May 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Cecile LeBlanc 13199 at http://knau.org Earth Notes: Solar Power, Thanks to the Crowd