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ArizonaThanks to its vast expanse of open land and intense sunlight,1
Source:
Arizona Solar Center
http://bit.ly/1Gvw6XY
Arizona’s solar potential is among the highest in the U.S. In fact, Arizona added the second most solar power in the U.S. in 2013,2
Source:
Solar Energy Industries Association
http://bit.ly/1Cy9ebo
and the state’s solar industry supports over 9,200 direct jobs.3
Source:
The Solar Foundation, February 2015
http://bit.ly/1I2eJ20


Fittingly, the state is home to both the largest photovoltaic solar plant in the world, as well as Solana, a concentrated solar panel plant that powers 70,000 homes and uses molten salt storage technology to continue to generate power even after the sun goes down.4
Source:
National Renewable Energy Laboratory, November 2014
http://1.usa.gov/1BU20wf
In total, different solar and wind projects in the state attracted $413.6 million in private-sector investment during 2014.5
Source:
American Council On Renewable Energy, November 2015
http://bit.ly/1Qpe3ez


Arizona has also been a hot-spot in the battle over net-metering policies. In 2013, a heated debate pitted former Congressman Barry Goldwater, Jr.’s “Tell Utilities Solar won’t be Killed” against Arizona utilities seeking a $50-$100 monthly charge for rooftop solar owners.6
Source:
Mother Jones, July 2013
http://bit.ly/1H7cBZm
Arizona regulatory officials rejected that, but did agree to an average $5.00 monthly charge for rooftop solar owners, making it the first state in the U.S. to place a charge on rooftop solar owners. The growth of solar in the state has slowed as a result.7
Source:
Solar Energy Industries Association, March 2015
http://bit.ly/1DCXpSJ


Learn more about energy in Arizona with ACORE’s Renewable Energy in the 50 States.

  Apr 21, 2015  |    The Solar Foundation, February 2015
 

  Apr 21, 2015  |    SEIA, May 2013

 
 
 
 


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