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Top Solar Companies In Tucson, AZ

In today’s fast changing world of energy, many people are looking for the best ways to bring energy into their homes. With oil prices on the rise at staggering levels and electric rates on the rise, many consumers are looking for better, more efficient and greener ways to power their homes. In the Tucson area, […]

Top 5 Ways to Lower Your Electric Bill in Arizona

Arizona is known for its pleasant, inviting climate. However, clear skies and lots of sun comes at a price: Higher energy costs. Summers can be hot and dry and many homeowners take refuge by turning up the A/C. The day of reckoning always comes when the electric bill arrives. All is not lost, however, because […]

Top Solar Rebates and Incentives in Arizona

Many states have demonstrated their ability to reward their citizens for choosing solar energy but Arizona has one of the best programs. They realize that this form of energy is the way of the future and they want to work with those who want it. Instead of these solar panels costing thousands to install on […]

Top Solar Companies in Phoenix

Going solar is an ideal option for homeowners in Phoenix looking to lower their electric bills. It’s also a wise investment in a clean, renewable source of power. With so many solar companies in Phoenix, which ones give you the top service to fit your needs? Let’s take a look at some of the top […]

How Solar Power Has Helped Arizona

  Arizona solar systems allow businesses and homeowners to utilize the sun’s energy to produce electricity. Although solar power has been available for many years, in recent years the availability of solar power has grown substantially. This growth is apparent in the state of Arizona which has the largest solar power plant in the world. […]

Why Has Phoenix Become a Leader in Solar in Arizona?

There are many different ways to produce electricity, although not all are green in manor. Many of the most effective options rely on gas, fuel and coal, which although is a good way at producing the necessary energy, is not environmentally friendly. Water, wind and solar power are actually the best ways to stay green, […]

Why is electricity so expensive in Arizona?

Arizona is hot and dry and residents of this state pay up to 17 percent more in electricity costs than other people in the country. Arizona electric bills have skyrocketed to highs that many people are considering locating to other parts of the country because they are not able to afford making payments. It is […]

Arizona gets 2 solar zones

The Interior Department released a final plan Tuesday for solar power plants to be permitted and built quickly on 17 designated sites in the West, including two in Arizona. Read More: Arizona gets 2 solar zones

Goodyear lands solar signs, will hold an unveiling Wednesday

Goodyear is getting the first two Arizona Solar Challenge Community signs in Arizona. Read More: Goodyear lands solar signs, will hold an unveiling Wednesday

A new fee for APS residential solar users

Arizona Public Service Co. customers who take rebates for solar power will see a new fee starting July 1, one of many changes regulators approved Tuesday. Read More: A new fee for APS residential solar users

Rare partial solar eclipse will be visible in Arizona

A partial solar eclipse that begins late Sunday afternoon is expected to produce a spectacular sight around sunset. Read More: Rare partial solar eclipse will be visible in Arizona

Energy Secretary Steven Chu touts Arizona solar project

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said Tuesday that Phoenix is a leading example of how to roll out more solar energy across the country. Read More: Energy Secretary Steven Chu touts Arizona solar project

A Review of Arizona’s Generous Utility and State Subsidies for Solar Hot Water

Free Hot Water often highlights California’s generous subsidies for solar hot water installations, but it’s not the only state committed to solar water heating. Arizona’s utilities all offer different — but valuable — solar hot water incentives for both residential and commercial installations. Of course, these are Read More: A Review of Arizona’s Generous Utility […]

Arizona solar project draws U.S. energy chief

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu will visit Arizona on Tuesday to pay tribute to a $25 million extension of a popular local program to help people put solar panels on their homes. Read More: Arizona solar project draws U.S. energy chief

ASU, SRP partner to make solar a secure power source

A group of Arizona State University Polytechnic students has partnered with SRP on a project that aims to make accessing solar and other alternative energy more reliable. Read More: ASU, SRP partner to make solar a secure power source

U.S. Interior Secretary Touts Giant Gila Bend Solar Plant’s Economic Impact

Editor’s Note: EarthTechling, always looking to bring you interesting cleantech reading, is proud to courtesy of new partner . Author credit goes to Jessica Testa. While touring a solar power generating station that will provide power to tens of thousands of Arizona homes, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Wednesday that Americas embrace of renewable energy […]

Could Saudi Arabia Become the Next Solar Market Hotspot?

Image courtesty EcoFriend Oil’s more than likely the first thing that pops into your mind when Saudi Arabia is mentioned. Sunlight might follow close behind, though, and for good reason. Located within the equatorial “Sun Belt,” where more solar radiation hits the earth than any other part of the globe, best available measurements are that […]

1,900-panel solar rooftop completed for Purina in Arizona

Nestle Purina PetCare unveiled the region’s largest private solar array on Friday, at its Flagstaff pet food manufacturing facility. The solar array, designed and installed by REC Solar, represents the latest step in Nestle Purina’s commitment to being a leader in environmental performance and sustainability. U.S. Representative Paul Gosar, a native of Flagstaff, led a […]

Solar To Power Arizona Wastewater Treatment

News about solar power in Arizona has recently been dominated by and . But, this week’s Arizona solar headline goes to the, which has recently that it isinstalling at its municipal water pumping stations and wastewater treatment plant. The project, which will consist of four separate systems,will be Prescott Valley’s largest solar energy project to […]

Why Did Solar Develop in Arizona?

Arizona was once called as “The Persian Gulf of Solar Energy” by a former governor because of its huge potential of producing solar power. This 400 miles long and 310 miles wide state receives 10 – 11 hours of sunlight everyday which means it can generate 100 Megawatts of solar power each day saving up […]

Two Arizona sites remain on list eyed for solar power development

WASHINGTON – The Department of the Interior has dropped one of three proposed “solar energy zones” in Arizona because of environmental concerns about the site, the department said Thursday. Bullard Wash, in southwestern Yavapai County, was one of seven areas eliminated when the department released a revised draft of its long-term plan to streamline solar […]

Arizona ranks No. 3 in solar-industry jobs

Arizona won national recognition this week from two solar organizations for its jobs in the industry and the efforts of large state institutions to tap into the sun’s power. The Washington, D.C.-based Solar Foundation ranked Arizona third in the nation for its estimated solar workforce of 4,800 in the organization’s annual solar-job census. California ranked […]

Largest U.S. Solar/Wind Hybrid Project Proposed for Antelope Valley

Californias Antelope Valley is a 3,700 acre site, home to burrowing owls, coyotes, foxes, rabbits, and deer. It boasts a bright and colorful poppy preserve, and the natural views help make it a popular horseback riding and hiking spot. It also sees strong winds and a lot of sun, which makes it ideal for Americas […]

Sponsor Solar Panels in Developing Countries with Energy+

The cost of traditional energy is rising. We look at our monthly electricity bill, our gas bill, at the receipts at the pump after will fill up our cars, and its there to see and this is all in first-world countries, where we have it relatively easy. Traditional sources of energy are even more unattainable […]

Solar-energy boom: Bright spot in Ariz. economy

With more than 400 companies manufacturing, installing and distributing solar-energy products in our state, solar is one of the brightest spots in the Arizona economy, along with other renewable energies and clean technology. In fact, in the last year alone about 6,300 jobs have been added to the more than 22,000 existing jobs in the […]

Layman's Guide to Arizona Solar Rebates

Last week I was in Tucson visiting an old college buddy and he kept asking me what I do so naturally the conversation gravitated towards solar. It was fun as he seemed genuinely interested in solar energy, how economically viable solar was and what it would take for him to go solar. However, I was […]

Phoenix Solar AG Scores Contract for 50MW Solar Park in Bulgaria

While some of us to place arrays, others are focused on the ground: Phoenix Solar AG, listed in the Prime Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and a leading international photovoltaic systems integrator, has scored the project rights this week for a solar park with a peak performance of 50 MW (megawatt) in Kazanlak, Bulgaria. […]

First Solar CEO Rob Gillette still high on panel power

The CEO of Tempe-based First Solar Inc. told attendees at the Arizona Solar Leadership Conference last week that despite its dramatic ups and downs — from the bankruptcy of solar manufacturer Solyndra to his own company’s roller coaster stock prices — there is much to be bullish about in the industry. “Despite what you read […]

Arizona solar industry still faces many challenges

Arizona still has many challenges in the solar industry, but plenty of opportunity, according to experts who gathered from around the state Thursday. The Arizona Solar Leadership Conference met with the goal of developing a plan to forward the industry and make the state a global powerhouse. That will take work from financing to development, […]

Installed Cost of Solar Declines

A report just released by the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) indicates that the installed cost of solar photovoltaic (PV) power systems in the United States fell throughout 2010 and continues to fall in the first half of 2011. According to Berkeley Labs, the average installed cost of residential and commercial […]

GM-backed Sunlogics Buys Solar Plants, Raises $6 Million

Sunlogics was relatively unknown until it lined up an investment from General Motors and a potentially lucrative deal to market solar powered electric car charging stations to Chevrolet dealers earlier this year. Now it has lined up more investors and bought the private Phoenix Solar Holdings, Sunlogics announced Tuesday…. Source: GM-backed Sunlogics Buys Solar Plants, […]

Saint-Gobain Solar Invests in New Plant, the Company's First in U.S.

VALLEY FORGE, Pa., Sept. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Saint-Gobain announced today that construction work on Saint-Gobain Solar’s mirror line for solar thermal power stations has begun. Located in Goodyear, Ariz., (near Phoenix), the plant will be Saint-Gobain Solar’s first manufacturing facility in North America. The facility will supply primarily the domestic market and […]

Arizona schools going solar for savings

FLORENCE, AZ – Several Arizona schools are seeing the light when it comes to solar energy. Salt River Project is helping them soak up the sun and its financial benefits. Iberdrola Renewables ‘ first solar plant in the United States holds over 66,000 solar panels and sits on 144 acres of land in Florence, Arizona. […]

Water costly if Arizona goes solar

Although the vast majority of Arizona’s water resources go towards agriculture, the proliferation of solar energy power plants may change that. According to the Casa Grande Dispatch, the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University has released a report titled “Watering the Sun Corridor: Managing Choices in Arizona’s Megapolitan Area” after a year […]

Solar-power plants booming in Gila Bend

It’s lunchtime in Gila Bend, but the 30 or so people lined up at Little Italy for pizza and subs aren’t the typical summer visitors passing through town on their way to San Diego or the beaches of Mexico. And with outside temps nearing 110 degrees, they aren’t the snowbirds that flock to the desert […]

Arizona utilities not the only ones getting high interest in incentives

Arizona’s major utilities, Arizona Public Service and  Salt River Project, have been running out of incentives for solar like it’s a popular toy on Black Friday. There are lots of stories about early-adopting states like New Jersey having similar problems with their programs. Today, however, I heard what Florida Power and Light did. The utility is […]

US Solar Market Favors Project Developers Over Manufacturers

Developers are beating manufacturers in the U.S. solar power market. In August, two U.S. companies — Evergreen Solar Inc. and startup Spectrawatt Inc. — filed for bankruptcy protection. A third company, Germany- based Solon SE, announced it would shut down its Arizona solar-panel factory. The U.S. market for installing solar panels, however, has never been […]

First Solar dedicates Arizona site for next solar factory

Solar manufacturer First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR), dedicated its new factory site in Mesa, Arizona, at a ceremony held on Friday. The Mesa factory is expected to begin producing modules by the third quarter of 2012 and will employ approximately 600 full-time associates. Tempe-based First Solar is investing just over $300 million in the four-line […]

Arizona solar markets potentially losing focus on residential and commercial solar projects

advocates are becoming increasingly concerned that commercial solar funding in Arizona will be cut or severely reduced. Specifically, Tucson Electric Power (TEP) is focused on bringing in large utility scale projects while ignoring smaller commercial projects in the local area. The has set an aggressive goal of generating 15% of the state’s electricity from renewable […]

Renewable Energy Projects Under Pressure from Feds and Environmental Groups

At the close of 2010, the Obama administration announced an ambitious plan to preserve massive amounts of land, particularly in the West. Pursuant to a regulatory change instigated by the administration, the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has been instructed to survey its vast holdings – some 250 million acres – and designate […]

Arizona Solar Incentives May Get Vote

Solar advocates want to get Arizona voters to decide that state should create new incentives for solar power installations. The Arizona Solar Power Society (ASPS) just submitted the initiative to the Arizona secretary of state. Now the group says it needs to raise $1.2 million in order to collect the more than 170,000 signatures it […]

Even in a down economy, solar industry showed huge growth in 2010

In the face of an economic crisis, the solar industry, along with just about every other, feels the effects of a struggling capital market. But the solar industry has several key players in its court who are determined to make Arizona an attractive destination for these companies. Local non-profit organizations like Great Phoenix Economic Council […]

U.S. invests more cash into solar power

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 (UPI) — The U.S. Energy Department announced it was offering a $967 million loan guarantee to back a 290-megawatt solar plant in Arizona. U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced the loan for Aqua Caliente Solar to support the construction of a solar generating facility in Yuma County, Ariz. The Energy Department said […]

U.S. Debt Deal Kills Off Prospects of Renewable-Power Support

Via Bloomberg U.S. government support for renewable energy may plunge from record levels, setting back the use of wind and solar power before they can compete on their own with oil, gas and coal. Direct spending, tax breaks and research funding pushed federal renewable-energy subsidies to $14.7 billion in 2010, according to Alan Beamon, director […]

"Go Solar in Arizona" Initiative Offers Voters a Chance to Protect Their Families Against Rising Electricity Prices, Make Solar Power Affordable for Everyone and Create Badly Needed Arizona Jobs

PHOENIX, AZ–(Marketwire – Aug 1, 2011) – An Arizona political action committee ( announced today that the group has filed a citizen’s initiative with the Arizona Secretary of State that seeks to place the “Go Solar in Arizona” initiative on the Arizona 2012 Ballot to offer voters a chance to vote yes for more solar. […]

AriSEIA adds new board members

The Arizona Solar Energy Industries Association is getting some new board members as the industry seems to be in a mode of constant change in the state. Mark Holohan, solar division manager at Wilson Electric in Tempe, and Clint Taylor, CEO at Arizona Solar Concepts, jointed the board. New directors also took the helm at […]

Faithful+Gould Joins EnviroMission Arizona Solar Tower Team

PHOENIX, July 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Faithful+Gould (, a North America-based construction consulting and program management firm with world renowned projects including the New York World Trade Center Redevelopment and Burj Al Arab in Dubai, has been selected by EnviroMission Limited to provide local project management and integrated commercial services for the delivery of EnviroMission’s […]

Arizona Solar Advocates Propose Initiative

energy advocates are proposing a ballot measure to increase Arizona’s income tax credit for solar energy devices and create a new trading exchange for the state to sell energy credits at a profit. Supporters of the initiative must collect petition signatures of 172,809 voters by July 5, 2012 to qualify the measure for the 2012 […]

REC Solar Expanding Rapidly in East Coast Markets

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–REC Solar, a leading solar electric provider in the United States, today announced the company’s accelerated momentum as it gains traction with East Coast commercial and residential consumers in new solar hot spots. By the middle of this year, the company will reach 4.1 megawatts of installed commercial projects and boast […]

Discovering Solar Power in Arizona

Arizona has quickly becoming one the best states in the U.S. for solar power. Currently, Arizona ranks as the fourth highest in installed solar PV capacity among U.S. states.… Source: Discovering Solar Power in Arizona.

Discovering Solar Power in Arizona

Arizona has quickly becoming one the best states in the U.S. for solar power. Currently, Arizona ranks as the fourth highest in installed solar PV capacity among U.S. states. In fact, Arizona solar energy made substantial strides in 2010 by installing over 54 megawatts of solar power, doubling its 2009 output of 21 megawatts, again […]

Solar Energy Rises in Southern Arizona

The City of Tucson last week dedicated its latest solar project: a one-megawatt array of more than 3,400 solar panels at the Central Avra Valley Storage and Recovery Project, about 20 miles west of Interstate 10. In partnership with Trico Electric Cooperative, Inc. and SunPower Corporation, the solar panels will help provide the electricity needed […]

SRP plan to buy credits criticized

Salt River Project proposes to get 20 percent of its energy from “sustainable” sources by 2020, but it could pay out-of-state power plants for electricity never sent to Arizona to meet part of that goal. That part of the plan does not sit well with alternative-energy advocates hoping to build up the Arizona economy with […]

Sempra Announces Arizona Solar Power Plant

Construction will begin in June of the first phase of what will eventually become a huge solar power plant in the Arizona desert, a subsidiary of San Diego-based Sempra Energy announced Thursday. The Mesquite Solar facility, located about 40 miles west of Phoenix, is expected to produce 700 megawatts of power when it is complete. […]

Arizona Appeals Court Upholds Renewable Energy Regulations

The Arizona Court of Appeals recently upheld a lower court decision rejecting a challenge by The Goldwater Institute over the Arizona Corporation Commission requirement that Arizona utilities source 15% of their electricity from alternative sources, such as solar power and wind power, by 2025. This was the fourth legal challenge by the Institute’s watchdog group, […]

Lots of Rooftop Solar Comes To Tucson

Arizona’s Renewable Energy Standard (RES), requires Arizona utilities to incrementally increase their use of renewable power each year until it reaches 15 percent of their energy by 2025. Under this policy, Tuscon Electric Power (TEP) needs to source 3% of their power from renewable sources for 2011. Their plan? To install solar panels on “underutilized rooftops” […]

First Solar to build Arizona manufacturing plant

Tempe, Ariz.-based First Solar Inc. plans to build a new plant in the neighboring Phoenix suburb of Mesa for manufacturing thin-film solar panels. Company officials said Thursday the plant will employ 600 and be built on a 135-acre property that previously was the site of a General Motors automobile proving ground. The solar panels, also […]