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SRP Relaunches Solar Power Rebate in Arizona

Good news for Arizona residents who are customers of Salt River Project (SRP): the Arizona utility recently relaunched its popular solar rebate program after a months-long hiatus during which an interim rebate was available.

As of May 1, SRP customers who install a residential solar photovoltaic (PV) energy system will be eligible to receive a rebate worth $1.35 per watt (solar panels are sized in watts). The rebate will be capped at 5 kilowatts (kW), which means that a homeowner who installs a system that's 5-kilowatts or bigger in size could receive $6,750 in incentives.

Here is SRP's explanation of how it has restructured the program:

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Big Chinese Solar Panel Maker Hires More U.S. Workers, To Add 3rd Shift at Arizona Plant

Posted by Adam Sewall In Wednesday, May 18 2011 under: Solar Industry News, Arizona Solar, manufacturing, Suntech, Goodyear

We commonly think of this globalized economy of ours in terms of American companies shifting production overseas. It turns out the reverse occurs, too, even if at a much smaller scale.

Suntech Power, a leading China-based manufacturer of solar panels, said it has hired 30 workers at its Arizona plant in a push to expand its U.S. operations. To reach a goal of producing about 15,000 solar panels each month, the company will also add a third production shift to run the plant 24 hours a day.

"With growing demand for our U.S.-manufactured panels, we're excited to increase our production capacity and growth in Arizona's solar industry," Suntech's Arizona Production Manager Mike Starr said in a statement.

Suntech opened its Goodyear, Arizona facility

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'Revolutionary' New Solar Energy System Picked Up By Several Home Builders

The most efficient solar photovoltaic (PV) panel on the market today is capable of turning about 20 percent of the sun's energy into electricity. This number is slowly but surely increasing, as technology continually improves. But in an ideal world, solar panels would convert a larger portion of the sun ray's into useful energy.

On this topic, EchoFirst may be onto something. In addition to using sunlight to generate electrical power, as conventional PV panels do, the company's energy system captures the sun's thermal energy, which may then be used for heating water and home air conditioning.

The result, according to the company, is a system that operates at around 50 percent efficiency. Here's more on how it works:

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Can Big Solar and Wildlife Co-Exist? Maybe, Says Arizona Conservation Group

Generally speaking, solar energy installations come in two flavors: small- and medium-scale systems that are installed atop roofs and in empty lots (broadly referred to a "distributed generation"); and large, utility-scale solar power plants that sit on acres and acres of land.

A common critique of distributed generation is that, thanks to trees and other obstructions, not every roof is good for solar panels; a common critique of utility solar is that the plants take up lots of land and can disrupt surrounding habitats.

Case in point vis-à-vis the latter: a new assessment released Tuesday by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management

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Solar Panel Plant to be Built at Former GM Facility in Arizona

It's a sign of the times: the site of a former General Motors vehicle testing facility will soon house a manufacturing plant dedicated to making clean-energy-producing solar panels.

First Solar, the Tempe, Arizona-based maker of advanced thin-film solar modules, today announced it will build a its new U.S. manufacturing plant in Mesa, Arizona. The company will invest about $300 million in the facility and, in so doing, create some 600 jobs.

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TEP to Allow Customers to Buy Directly from New Solar Array

Earlier this week, Tucson Electric Power (TEP) -- the utility service provider for nearly 400,000 customers in southern Arizona -- completed a new 1.6-megawatt (MW) solar installation at the University of Arizona's Science and Technology Park in southeast Tucson. Today, the utility is using its new solar source as an opportunity to offer its customers a new way to purchase solar power.

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Public Meetings On 'Solar Zones' in Western U.S. Slated for February, March

In preparation for a big expansion of solar energy projects on public lands in six western states, U.S. Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar and Secretary of Energy Steven Chu will host a number of public meetings in the areas that will be most affected by the projects.

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State Governors Aim for More Solar Power in 2011 and Beyond

Arizona, California, Colorado, Massachusetts, New York: residents of these states can expect prime opportunities to go solar in 2011, as these five state's governors have made solar energy production and solar technology development a top priority for the new year and beyond.

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Arizona Solar Rebates Going Fast in 2011, APS Customers Should Act Now

Toward the end of 2010, Arizona Public Service (APS) ran out of funds for its residential solar rebate program. In what's become a common problem for state- and utility-sponsored solar incentive programs across the country, there were simply too many homeowners interested in solar power and too few rebate dollars to go around.

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Residents in Goodyear, Arizona Get a Glimpse of Solar Home Energy in Action

You can read about solar energy all you want (and please continue to do so) but there is no substitute for an up-close look at a working solar energy system in order to fully understand the benefits of a solar home energy system.

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