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Chris Evans: Solar installations must integrate with surroundings

Chris Evans: Solar installations must integrate with surroundings

Solar installations could become aesthetic equivalent of power lines or cell towers.

July 17, 2014 7:45 pm Photos

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Retiring TEP chief reflects on five years at helm

Retiring TEP chief reflects on five years at helm

It may be an understatement to say that a lot has happened since Paul Bonavia became chief executive of UNS Energy Corp. and its main subsidiary, Tucson Electric Power Co., in 2009.

April 27, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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ACC to allow waivers from rooftop solar mandate

State regulators have agreed to allow Tucson Electric Power Co., Arizona Public Service Co. and a rural TEP affiliate to apply for waivers to state rules requiring a certain amount of rooftop-solar installations to meet clean-energy goals.

February 07, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

ESL programs at Sunnyside now meet state requirements

State OKs Sunnyside English-learner plans

December 16, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
New type of solar array planned for UA tech park

New type of solar array planned for UA tech park

The University of Arizona Tech Park will add a new solar-farm design to its solar-technology demonstration area next year, with the addition of a one-megawatt concentrating photovoltaic array.

November 20, 2013 2:30 pmLoading…

Regulators approve fee on APS solar customers

State utility regulators approved new fees for Arizona Public Service Co. customers with solar-energy systems, in a decision that could ultimately affect solar customers in Tucson.

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TUSD starting project to install solar power at 43 campuses

The Tucson Unified School District is bringing solar energy to 43 campuses, with a goal of reducing its carbon footprint while potentially saving more than $11 million over the next 20 years.

November 06, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
German firm inaugurates solar arrays for TEP

German firm inaugurates solar arrays for TEP

A German energy giant dedicated its first solar-energy installations in the U.S. on Monday under sunny skies in Tucson.

October 15, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Tucson Electric to buy power from wind farm near Willcox

Tucson Electric Power Co. has won state approval to buy power from a planned wind and solar energy farm near Willcox that would be the first utility-scale project of its kind in Southern Arizona.

July 18, 2013 1:59 pmLoading…
Guest Column: Terry Finefrock: ACC should mandate that electric utilities use more solar technology

Guest Column: Terry Finefrock: ACC should mandate that electric utilities use more solar technology

I challenge the Arizona Corporation Commission to fairly evaluate all electricity-generation technologies and act to actually reduce ratepayer and taxpayer costs.

April 05, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Guest Column: ACC shows hostile, destructive thinking on solar power's promise

Guest Column: ACC shows hostile, destructive thinking on solar power's promise

State must back or increase commitment to renewable energy.

March 05, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Guest Column: ACC shows hostile, destructive thinking on solar power's promise

Guest Column: ACC shows hostile, destructive thinking on solar power's promise

Is there such a thing as too much solar power? Are too many individuals and businesses putting solar panels on their roofs? Is it time to call a halt to the burgeoning solar energy industry, shut down all those profitable solar companies and find more ways of generating electricity from coal…

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Tucson Electric, Solon turn on latest solar project

Tucson-based solar energy provider Solon Corp.  has completed construction of a 5-megawatt solar plant on the southeast side for Tucson Electric Power Co.

February 20, 2013 10:46 amLoading…

Guest Column: Solar power must flourish in Arizona, but not at taxpayers' expense

A recent article addressed the cost of solar incentives, but it told only part of the remarkable story developing at the Arizona Corporation Commission. The true headline is that while incentives have gone down each year, renewable energy installations have dramatically increased.

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Long-term Arizona energy policy on the line

Long-term Arizona energy policy on the line

Much of this year's election campaign for three seats on the Arizona Corporation Commission has focused on renewable energy, as the state's solar buildout continues to ramp up under a state mandate.

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Long-term AZ energy policy on the line

Long-term AZ energy policy on the line

Candidates for one of three open seats on the Arizona Corporation Commission include, from left, Democrats Paul Newman and Marcia Busching and Republicans Bob Burns and Bob Stump.

October 07, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Tucson solar firm makes push into Japan

Tucson-based Global Solar Energy Inc. is taking its  flexible solar-panel technology into Japan’s growing solar market, taking advantage of a new government incentive program.

July 18, 2012 1:05 pmLoading…

Trico Electric wins honor from solar group

Marana-based Trico Electric Cooperative has been named 2012 Electric Cooperative of the Year by the Solar Electric Power Association, a national utility and solar-energy industry group.

June 12, 2012 2:05 pmLoading…

Tucson-based Global Solar seeks new investors

Tucson-based Global Solar Energy Inc. said today it has begun a process of seeking new investors, including a possible outright sale of the company.

June 08, 2012 1:05 pmLoading…

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