State report touts solar energy's
Jan 20, 2007 Tribune Business News
Arizona could generate up to 1,000 megawatts of
solar electricity and create 3,000 jobs by 2020 by
supporting solar-energy technologies and boosting
the state's solar-electric industry, a state report
The Arizona Solar Electric Roadmap Study, released
Friday by the Arizona Department of Commerce, also
estimates that boosting solar power could cut emissions
by 400,000 tons per year.
The study calls on the public and private sectors
to launch several initiatives to accelerate the adoption
of solar power.
"New approaches to energy efficiency and the development
of the state's clean-energy resources will create
good, high-wage jobs for Arizonans," said Arizona
Department of Commerce Director Jan Lesher.
More than $6 billion out of the more than $10 billion
that Arizonans spend on energy annually goes out of
state, the Commerce Department said.
Among the report's other findings and recommendations:
--Total solar deployment could exceed 2,600 megawatts
in an accelerated scenario, with rooftop photovoltaic
installations accounting for about 45 percent of the
A megawatt, or 1 million watts, of generating capacity
is enough to supply about 1,000 Tucson homes.
--Surcharges from the state's recently adopted renewable-energy
standard are expected to generate more than $50 million
a year for development of renewable energy sources.
The standard requires state-regulated utilities to
generate 15 percent of their power from renewable
sources by 2025.
--The state should development a "center of excellence"
for solar research and development, capitalizing on
research strengths at the state's universities.
View the Arizona Solar Electric Roadmap Study at
www.azcommerce.com/ Energy/continue to drop.