Home to the “Valley of the Sun” and part of the country’s sunbelt, Arizona is basking in sunshine for most of the year. Ranked by many sources as one of the top ten sunniest places in the world, it is clear why Arizona is a great place for solar energy production. Our physical climate is perfect for a blossoming epicenter of solar power, but our political climate often holds us back from our full potential.
Going solar is great! But have you ever wondered how solar power works?
In recent news, the Central Arizona Project (CAP) made a huge commitment to the solar industry by signing a twenty-year Power Purchase Agreement with solar company AZ Solar 1. This will be documented as the lowest price for solar in the United States. Connecting Arizona’s most precious resource, water, with its most abundant resource, the sun, is an important step toward a clean energy future for Arizona.
The solar market has faced a variety of obstacles under the new administration. Earlier this year, tariffs were imposed on the industry that many were sure would threaten its growth. Though the tariffs introduced a few road bumps to the market, the solar industry is still going strong and is set to soar in many areas, including production and jobs. Becoming a prevalent energy source has been an upward battle for the solar industry, but it is nonetheless surpassing many other forms of energy production and becoming a major component of global energy industries
The Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) plays an important role in our everyday lives. The commission regulates utilities (like water, electric, and gas), which means the decisions they make have a huge impact on everything from how much you pay for electricity each month, to the kinds of energy used to produce this electricity. Arizona is one of a handful of states that elects our corporation commission, which provides us the opportunity to elect candidates who are dedicated to a brighter, greener, and more resilient future for energy in our state.
With temperatures rising and records being set early in May, Arizona is heating up quickly. Many people suffer from heat-related illness during our blistering summers, and this time of year can be especially threatening for our most vulnerable Arizonans.
Nonrenewable energy can have damaging effects on the environment and those who live in it. Renewable energy sources can combat environmental hazards and benefit communities. Here’s how solar energy can help keep the Earth clean and aid in public health:
Renewable energy was a hot topic during this past legislative session. Strides were taken, but there were also setbacks. Here are a few of the major legislative updates that will impact Arizona’s clean energy future:
There are many myths surrounding solar. This short video busts the most common ones, and gives you the straight facts about the many benefits of going solar.
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Brandon Cheshire, founder and Chief Protagonist of SunHarvest Solar, has entirely invested himself in the solar and renewable energy industry. With lofty goals to change the world while he’s here, Brandon works every day to make Arizona (and the rest of our planet) a more sustainable place to live for generations to come.