What was billed as the nation's largest solar-powered carport system is finally online at the Phoenix VA Health Care Center in Phoenix after a year-and-a-half delay. As New Times learned in August, news articles and press releases in 2011 announcing the $20 million project's near-completion had bee ... More >>
If you've driven past the Phoenix VA hospital at Indian School Road and Seventh Street in the past couple of years, you couldn't help but notice its large solar-carport project. Most of the panels have been sitting idle, New Times has learned, collecting sunlight but not transmitting electricity an ... More >>
Arizona, New Mexico and California are among the worst places in the country to subsidize solar and wind projects if better air quality is the goal, a new study says. The best bang for the buck in terms of improving public health, according to Carnegie Mellon University researchers, could be had by ... More >>
Recalled state Senate President Russell Pearce has just encountered his first major obstacle in his revenge campaign for state Senate from Legislative District 25: Republican businessman Robert Worsley.Today, the wealthy Mesa executive has announced that he'll be Pearce's rival in the Republican pri ... More >>
Matinee Energy, a company with plans to build several large solar-power plants in Arizona, says a founder who once ran a bogus gold-mining scheme no longer has a role in the firm. Yet many questions remain about the mystery company, which reportedly has contracts with Hyundai Heavy and KEPCO KDN, t ... More >>
The federal government just approved the destruction of 2,000 acres of Sonoran Desert land in the southwest Valley for a new solar plant, but conservationists aren't complaining.This time, anyway.Thomas Hulen, executive director of Friends of the Sonoran Desert National Monument, was one of ... More >>
Image: GPEC Barry Broome, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, said today that his organization is doing a better job promoting the solar industry than the solar industry itself.More subsidies for the solar industry in Arizona are crucial to avoid being lef ... More >>
An official "unusual event" was declared at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generation Station west of Phoenix on Saturday after water in a junction box outside of reactor containment building caused an electrical short.KTAR (92.3 FM) radio is the only outlet that appears to have reported the incident, but m ... More >>
Worthy Farm, home to the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts in the UK, now boasts what festival organizer Michael Eavis calls "the best solar power system in the country," according to NME.The cluster of 1,116 solar panels that is fixed on top of the cowshed at Worthy Farm is pr ... More >>
Wikimedia Commons The Collier Center is one of Phoenix's most energy efficient buildings. The Environmental Protection Agency released its second annual list of U.S. cities with the most energy-efficient buildings. Phoenix ranked number 20, just ahead of Ogden, Utah, and Charlotte, North ... More >>
We've always wanted a solar-powered burrito, and now, thanks to Chipotle, our wish is coming true. Representatives for the Mexican grill announced this week that they plan to install solar paneling on 75 of their restaurants. The panels are designed to alleviate pressure on the ... More >>
Here's an update for those following the nomination of our intrepid algae-to-rocket fuel ASU inventors for the World Technology Award: Looks like scientists Qiang Hu and Milton Sommerfeld fell just short: The energy award was given on Friday to Zhengrong Shi from Suntech Power Holdings Co., for ... More >>
Image: Wikimedia CommonsJar of biodiesel fuel The city of Phoenix announced today it will receive $830,000 in federal stimulus funds to "reduce diesel emissions by retrofitting and replacing city-owned equipment." Forgive us if we don't stand up and cheer. This money, half of which the feds are b ... More >>
Solar power will be the "new economic engine for Arizona," writes local lawyer Jordan Rose in Saturday's "My Turn" column in the Arizona Republic. Whether that's true or not, it's already an economic engine for Rose, [pictured]. She's the lawyer for SolarCity, a California company planning to ins ... More >>
Image: American Solar Electric A group headed by Al Gore is hosting a library roundtable this Wednesday to talk about the hoped-for benefits of the Waxman-Markey bill, a plan to kickstart clean-energy industries now wending its way through Congress. (No, Gore won't be there). According to Rep ... More >>
When power-tripping HOAs push solar-minded residents around, everybody pays the price
A Hopi leader fought a lonely battle to stop a mining company from stealing water that helped build Phoenix. He succeeded. Finally
The Arizona Corporation Commission appears poised to toss solar power into the shadows
The Trunk Space turns a year old
Business and environmentalists agreed for once, and a beautiful Arizona stream will return to us.
Letters from the week of May 6, 2004
Arizona's letting the Big Three utilities steal countless millions from us by standing in the way of solar energy
Critics say Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station is headed for trouble
While the public sleeps, the fix is in to turn our state into a power farm for Mexico
The Western Pacific gray whale, once thought extinct, clings to life in a remote Siberian sea. Biologists fear their research is providing cover for massive oil drilling that threatens to wipe out this lost tribe once and for all.
Plant near Kingman may be a foreboding sign for the rest of the state
California eats lots of power, but it doesn't like growing its own power plants. Instead, Arizona is becoming the new power farm for the Coast.
Is money from the sale of environmental license plates being properly spent?
Where unit-shifting heroes of rock are exposed as the passionless poseurs they really are
Recently discovered documents indicate that the lawyer who represented the Hopi Tribe in crucial negotiations with Peabody Western Coal Company was working for the mining company at the same time
The Hopi want one of the largest coal mines in North America to stop using their groundwater. If springs and wells continue to dry up, they say, their ancient culture may disappear, too.
NRC contemplates $50,000 fine over Palo Verde nuclear plant blazes
Solar advisory council members get hot over Department of Commerce's effort to snuff their group
WHEN IT SOLD A WORKERS' DORMITORY LAST YEAR, APS LEFT THOUSANDS OF ITS OWN DOCUMENTS BEHIND. THOSE FILES SHOW DANGEROUS MISMANAGEMENT OF THE NATION'S LARGEST NUCLEAR PLANT.
AT PALO VERDE, IT'S OPEN SEASON ON WHISTLE-BLOWERS