Source: Phoenix Business Journal
Salt River Project is looking at expanding its renewable energy and conservation standards to 20 percent or more by 2020, but solar businesses say it’s not enough.
A US solar energy company has announced the commissioning of North America’s biggest commercial solar dish, one of the largest concentrated photovoltaic solar (CSP) thermal dish collectors in the world.
Southwest Solar Technologies say the mammoth TurboSolar dish will form the centrepiece of their 18-acre solar research park in Phoenix, Arizona.
At about 75 feet in diameter, the dish has a solar collection area of over 320 square metres, three times more than standard solar dish designs. The company says this will enable it to generate more solar energy at a much higher capacity…
Source: The Solar Home and Business Journal
January 3, 2010
In his inaugural address, California Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. reiterated a campaign pledge to seek development of 20,000 megawatts of renewable energy capacity in the state by 2020.
In Arizona, Gov. Janice Brewer, elected to her first full term in November, said the state will develop a robust solar industry that is “the envy of the world.”
In New Mexico, meanwhile, new Gov. Susana Martinez, after being sworn in Jan. 1, created a small-business task force to identify rules that it concludes would harm business growth and job creation. During the review, all proposed…
Source: Sustainable Business Oregon
December 10, 2010
Michael Neary remembers when the Arizona Solar Energy Industries Association was a tiny trade group made up primarily of businesses that installed and maintained solar water heaters and rooftop panels.
But all that changed two years ago, when its 40-member roster more than doubled as real estate firms, law offices, tool suppliers, staffing companies, electricians and plumbing distributors suddenly became eager to join the mix.
Neary, executive director of the association, said the change reflects a movement quietly taking shape within the state’s renewable energy industry: Supply-chain businesses and other support providers are cropping up to serve the growing number of solar companies and manufacturers operating in Arizona.
“The growth of the solar supply chain all depends on how the industry is going, and this year we’ve seen a turning point in the industry,”…