A Look at Arizona and the Best Solar Resource in the Nation
Herman K. Trabish | April 6, 2012 | Green Tech Grid
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'With GTM heading to Phoenix for a Solar Summit May 1-2, it seemed only right to take a look at how sun is doing in Arizona.
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“Arizona has the highest solar insolation in the country and we have a modest Renewable Energy Standard,” Arizona Sierra Club Director Sandy Bahr explained. “It does have a distributed carve-out, but it’s modest.” And, she added, “we’ve seen a lot happen with solar in the last five years,” ticking off growth in solar rooftops, solar power plants and community solar that has reached “even to the Sun City Recreation Centers.”
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At the end of 2010, Arizona had 128 megawatts of installed solar capacity. Its Renewable Energy Standard (RES) requires Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC)-regulated utilities, which include Arizona Public Service (APS) and Tucson Electric Power (TEP), to obtain 15 percent of their power from renewable sources by 2025 and specifies that 30 percent of that come from distributed generation.'
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