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Morning Brief: TVA plans 200 MW solar, 200 MWh storage, Arizona Public Service announces Clean Energy Future project

Also in the brief: NYSEIA forms the Long Island Solar & Storage Alliance, Sol-Ark named a finalist for “American-Made Solar Prize,’ Gas South and Cobb EMC break ground on solar + storage project and more.

Arizona utility seeks 400 MW of solar power, 200 MW of it on Navajo tribal lands

Salt River Project has released an RFP requesting up to 400 MWac, in 100 MW or 200 MW increments, of solar power purchase agreements to be delivered before the end of 2023.


Arizona regulators mock utility, set solar power standard contract at 18 years long – is a PURPA solar boom coming?

For the first time, the state’s public utility commission has created a standard contract length for PURPA solar projects — in stark contrast to utility APS requesting a two-year term.


A way to achieve greater than 100% solar power in the U.S., without sacrificing Arizona

Elon Musk is back at his favorite projection – powering the U.S. with a 10,000 square mile solar project in the middle of the desert, but by combining projections of various research groups, we see a better way.


Arizona’s potential to develop unbiased 15-year resource plans is up for grabs

An Arizona regulator has advocated for using a modeling tool being developed by Arizona State University, to help the state plan how to phase in more renewable energy. Yet the university’s initial plan for the modeling tool would not serve that purpose well.


PURPA amendment stalls in Arizona

An amendment to Arizona’s implementation of PURPA rules which would have set minimum contract lengths to 15 years failed to pass last night, and the act now has one last chance to pass before the investment tax credit drops down, and opportunities being to dry up.

2 GW of pumped hydro storage proposed for Arizona

Of Earth’s 500,000 potential sites for closed-loop pumped hydro storage, the largest U.S. site under development is in Arizona. If the project is built, the potential for pairing with solar could open new opportunities for solar development.


Batteries for days in Arizona

Arizona Public Service has announced a plan to deploy 850 MW of new energy storage, as the largest battery procurement by a utility we’ve seen to date. This includes adding batteries to its fleet of existing solar plants, building new solar + storage plants, and using storage to meet evening demand.


Arizona’s got a new RPS proposal and this one might be for real

Commissioner Sandra Kennedy of the ACC is calling for 50% renewable generation by 2028 and, in a first for the ACC, is calling on distributed solar to lead the way.

Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, Western Resource Advocates welcome Arizona’s new rules to expand access to affordable clean energy

The Arizona Corporation Commission’s decision will create jobs and save consumers money.

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