Renewable Energy

Navajo Solar Plant Breaks New Ground

Via In May of this year, in the shadows of sandstone towers near Monument Valley, an array of 120,000 photovoltaic solar panels fired up for the first time. In doing so, the Kayenta Solar Facility became the first utility-scale solar project to go operational on the Navajo Nation, producing enough electricity to power about 13,000 Navajo homes. The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority, which owns the solar plant, touted the project

TPI and Senvion Sign Wind Blade Supply Agreement and Cooperate on RodPack Technology

Via SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Aug. 14, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — TPI Composites, Inc., (TPI) (Nasdaq:TPIC), the only independent manufacturer of composite wind blades with a global footprint, announced today that it is providing additional details regarding the signing of a new supply agreement that it previously disclosed on August 8, 2017. TPI has signed a multiyear supply agreement with Senvion S.A. to provide blades from two manufacturing lines for wind

Tucson Electric Seeks Small Increase In Renewable-energy Program

Via The Valencia Solar project, built in 2013, spreads across the desert near East Valencia and South Craycroft roads, with Tucson Electric Power Co.’s H. Wilson Sundt Generating Station in the background. TEP has ended coal use at the Sundt plant and has ramped up utility-scale solar farms in recent years. The Valencia Solar project, built in 2013, spreads across the desert near East Valencia and South Craycroft roads,

Sonnen Signs A Deal to Put Storage In New Arizona Housing Developments

Via Sonnen has signed a contract with an Arizona homebuilder to install its energy storage systems along with rooftop solar on each residence in forthcoming developments. This has long been a goal for the company, which aims to create a community of homeowners who produce and exchange clean energy, while performing distributed grid services. The sonnenCommunity in Germany has grown to 8,000 members and functions like its own utility.

How Has The Arizona Energy Consortium Impacted The Sector?

Via The last time Az Business magazine sat down to talk with the leaders of the Arizona Energy Consortium (AEC), the organization was still operating under the umbrella of the Arizona Technology Council. A lot has changed since that time. Co-executive directors Michelle De Blasi — a director at Fennemore Craig — and Chris Davey — president of EnviroMission and principal at Desert Sky Ventures — talk about the

Apache Solar Project Nearly Complete, Will Serve Duncan Valley Co-op Energy Needs

Via The 20 MW Apache Solar Project, just across from AEPCO on Highway 191, near Cochise, is expected to begin providing renewable energy for all six Arizona G&T Cooperative Class A members by mid September. Geoff Oldfather, Arizona G&T Cooperative communications and public relations manager, said member distribution cooperatives are required to meet new renewable energy standards in their respective states of Arizona and California. “Each of the six

Via PHOENIX — An Arizona utility can’t escape being sued for anti-trust violations for the rates it sets solely because it’s a quasi-governmental entity, at least not now — if ever, a federal appeals court ruled Monday. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected arguments by attorneys for Salt River Project that SolarCity cannot challenge its pricing system. The appellate judges said they have no authority to consider the

Via Arizona’s solar market was one of the fastest-growing in the country during the first quarter, expanding by more than 5 percent, according to a new report. Arizona added 168 megawatts during the first quarter of 2017, which is the third highest in the U.S. behind California and North Carolina, respectively, according to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association’s latest U.S. Solar Market Insight report. To put

How Can Tucson Electric Get Solar + Storage For 4.5¢/kWh?

Via Subsidies and aggressive pricing assumptions are key to the stunning Arizona PPA price, analysts say Tucson Electric Power’s recently signed power purchase agreement for a solar-plus-storage project has been hailed for its low price, but it also signals a solution that could become more common as renewable energy grid integration problems grow. TEP declined to reveal the exact pricing, but the all-in cost for the solar-plus-storage project is

UA Solar Zone Enters Second Phase

Via Last week, the University of Arizona and Tucson Electric Power Co. marked completion of a new energy-storage system and solar array built by E.On North America at The Solar Zone at the UA Tech Park. E.On’s Iron Horse Energy Storage and Solar Project is actually the first project for phase two of The Solar Zone on the northwest side of the UA Tech Park. Iron Horse, which consists