solar energy

KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Congressional Reps Want Investigation into Possible Solar Leasing Deceptions

Workers installing solar panels on a Cave Creek home.
Credit Michael Schennum/The Republic

A bipartisan group of Arizona Congressional representatives is calling on two federal agencies to look into rooftop solar system leasing. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the representatives say the industry may be using deceptive marketing techniques.

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KNAU and Arizona News
10:20 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Arizona Universities to Collaborate on Energy Research

The collaboratory is intended to work with businesses in renewable energies, such as solar technology.
Credit Robert Rappaport/Arizona Public Media

A new energy policy will bring the state’s three universities together to find solutions to Arizona’s future energy needs. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, it’s the first collaboration of its kind for the state.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Arizona Tops List of Clean-Energy Job Creating States

Solar panels in Flagstaff

Arizona has topped a list of clean-energy job creating states for the second quarter of 2014. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the state’s expanding solar industry is a prime driver of its growing renewables market.

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State Capitol News
4:12 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Members of Arizona’s Solar-Power Industry Protest Leased-Panel Tax

Barry Goldwater Jr., co-chair of an organization sponsored by rooftop solar leasing companies, decries a Department of Revenue interpretation of state laws that the leases are taxable.
Credit Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

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.

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KNAU and Arizona News
12:13 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

NO AZ Solar School: One Of the Coolest Schools In America

One of the many solar panels at The STAR School east of Flagstaff
Credit Justin Regan/KNAU

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.

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3:59 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Sec. Salazar Pushes Solar Energy Program

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.

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:43 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Flagstaff Turns on Huge Solar Array

Solar Array at the Wildcat Hill Wastewater Treatment Plant in Flagstaff, AZ
McKenzie Jones

Flagstaff officials fired up a new solar panel installation on Tuesday.

The city has installed 2,000 solar panels spanning 4.3 acres, and has plans for more.

A celebratory crowd gathered to flip the switch on a new solar installation.

The array,  out at the Wildcat Hill Wastewater Treatment Plant will provide 21% of the facility’s needs.

The city is working with an energy developer to offset the high energy costs of running the plant.

This is the first of three planned installations.

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2:04 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Obama Administration to Fast Track Renewable Energy Projects

President Obama announced seven large solar and wind projects in the west will be expedited.  The announcement comes on the first day of the national clean energy summit. 

Nevada Senator Harry Reid kicked off the renewable energy summit in Las Vegas with a call to replace coal with wind and solar.

"Every year we spend hundreds of millions of dollars buying coal from other states to burn in Nevada," Reid said. "It’s time to make a different choice a choice that brings new clean energy industries and jobs to Nevada, a choice to invest in our own natural resources."

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Earth Notes
4:00 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Earth Notes: Solar Power, Thanks to the Crowd

The Murdoch Center, Flagstaff, AZ
Promotheus Solar

Flagstaff’s Southside Murdoch Community Center is about to get solar panels installed on its roof. That’s not innovative—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.

Solar Mosaic focuses on financing clean energy projects with help from what it calls the “power of the crowd.” So far the company has funded five solar projects in California and Arizona. 

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