Fate of renewable energy may be in the hands of Arizona voters

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Two ballots may decide the future of clean power Arizona voters may need to determine the fate of renewable energy in the state this fall. Lawmakers are currently preparing new ballot initiatives that intend to increase the state’s clean power targets. Both of the ballots are nearly identical: Both seek to require Arizona to derive 50% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. The issue, however, is that the ballots impose very little penalties on utilities that do not reach a certain mark with clean power. Ballots are identical…

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Tucson Electric Power to purchase solar energy at a record low price

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Utility will be purchasing solar energy from a new project taking form in Arizona Tucson Electric Power has announced that it will be purchasing solar energy from a new project that produces enough electricity to power 21,000 average homes. The project combines both solar panels and energy storage solutions, ensuring that electricity is available at all times. Tucson Electric Power plans to begin purchasing electricity from the new project when it becomes fully operational at the end of 2019. The utility also plans to purchase electricity from another large wind…

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Solar energy sees strong growth in the US during 2013

Report highlights the progress that renewable energy has made throughout the country in 2013 The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released a new report that shows growth in the country’s energy production. The report highlights several areas in which new energy capacity has been added throughout 2013. Notably, natural gas accounted for the majority of new capacity brought online in the U.S. through the whole of last year, but solar energy came in second, with coal falling considerably behind. Wind and hydroelectric power also accounted for new energy capacity throughout…

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New solar energy power plant opens in Arizona

World’s largest concentrated solar energy system is now live The world’s largest concentrated solar energy system has been brought online this week. The Solana Generating Station, which was developed by Abengoa, is based in Arizona in the U.S. and boasts of a total capacity of 280 megawatts. Unlike similar solar energy systems, the Solana Generating Station features its own storage system with six hours worth of storage capacity. The energy system is being heralded as a major step forward for the concentrated solar power sector. Concentrated solar power continues to…

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New solar energy capacity comes online in the US in April

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Solar energy continues to gain momentum in the US Solar energy has been making strong progress in the U.S. in recent years. The country has been focusing on solar energy as a potential avenue throughout which it can abandon fossil-fuels. While this goal may be somewhat lofty and unattainable in the foreseeable future, the U.S. has been showing enough support for solar energy to make this goal feasible, at least. As the U.S. continues to throw support behind solar energy, the country’s capacity continues to grow. 33MW of new capacity…

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Arizona Governor signs two new solar energy friendly legislations into law this week

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Solar energy bill gets new love from politicians Arizona is set to become friendlier to solar energy as Governor Jan Brewer signs two new legislations into law this week. The state boasts of a large amount of solar energy capacity that has, until very recently, been untapped. Solar energy advocates have been working to promote the power for several years, but initiatives to progress the alternative energy have long been stunted by legislative complications. This week, however, Governor Brewer signed two solar-friendly bills into law that could make Arizona one…

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Arizona to reduce incentives for solar panels installed in residences and businesses

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The Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC), a state-run organization responsible for finalizing utility rate adjustments, expects to reduce the incentives granted to companies looking to adopt solar energy. The move comes as utility rates for homes and businesses with solar panels installed reach their estimated target. Arizona law provides incentives to those installing their own solar panels in an attempt to have solar energy account for 15% of the state’s energy by 2025. The ACC claims that because the target is being met, the incentives offered by the state should be…

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