solar energy

Activists Envision a Border Wall Made of Solar Panels

Jun 9, 2017
Paul Mirocha

President Trump has requested prototypes for what he calls a “physically imposing” and “beautiful” border wall. This week in a meeting with congressional leaders he floated the idea of covering it in solar panels. That’s not a new concept. Quite a few people have been working on solar wall designs. Arizona author and ecologist Gary Paul Nabhan says a solar installation would create clean energy and sustainable jobs for the U.S. and Mexico. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny spoke with him about his vision.


The Arizona Republic

A top credit ratings firm says an agreement between Arizona's largest electric utility and solar and consumer advocates that allows it to avoid a fight over increasing rates is a positive for the company.

Arizona Republican Congressman Paul Gosar wants to update the process for developing renewable energy on public lands. He’s introduced a bipartisan bill designed to expand wind, solar and geothermal projects. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports. 


A member of the state's utility regulation panel says he wants Arizona electric utilities to nearly double the amount of power they get from renewable resources.

A Navajo community south of Monument Valley will be home to the tribe's first utility-scale solar plant capable of powering 7,700 homes on average.

The $64 million plant is on track to be built by the end of 2016, using federal loans and tax credits, said Walter Haase, general manager of the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority. Photovoltaic panels will be spread throughout 300 acres in Kayenta.

Pages