On January 5, 2010, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer issued an executive order to encourage the development of the renewable energy industry in Arizona. The goal of this initiative is to further the effort of making Arizona the most hospitable place for renewable energy in the world.
On April 15, 2010, the Governor’s Renewable Energy Summit was held to discuss the results thus far as well as to gather additional information from the public and private sectors, including service providers, manufacturers, bankers, environmentalists and government agencies. Key technologies such as: solar, wind turbine, and renewable, efficient energy resources and transmission methodologies were discussed.
Some barriers to developing solar energy are water use restrictions, cost per kilowatt, size of units, and maintenance issues. Lately there has been concern by early adopters regarding sub-par residential installations. Each of these challenges are common when new technologies are deployed and it is expected as the industry continues to evolve, that there will be positive acceptance by the public.
According to the Arizona State University Solar Power Laboratory, there is over 86,000 terawatts of solar energy that reaches the Earth’s surface each year. That is enough to satisfy the current global energy demand 1000 times over. Exponential growth, enormous solar resources and the global economy’s demand for electricity, increasingly position photovoltaic power as a vital technology.
Due to unprecedented demand for energy incentives by consumers in 2010, some energy providers such as Arizona Public Service, have had to decrease incentives recently. On April 13, 2010, the Arizona Corporation Commission approved changes to APS’s Renewable Energy Incentive Program, lowering incentives from $3 per watt to $2.15 per watt for solar electric systems and from $0.75 per first year kilowatt-hour savings to $0.50 per first year kilowatt-hour savings for solar heaters. This is comparable to incentives in place for Salt River Project, SRP as well.
Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon believes Phoenix can become the Silicon Valley of solar.Gordon hopes to attract solar and other renewable energy technologies to Phoenix and will seek federal stimulus funds for continued energy research.
AZ Governor Jan Brewer – http://azgovernor.gov/
Arizona State University – http://www.asu.edu/
Arizona Public Service (APS) – http://www.aps.com/
Salt River Project (SRP) – https://www.srpnet.com/
Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon – http://phoenix.gov/mayor/index.html