The International Energy Agency announces solar power is now the cheapest form of energy, Arizona-based advanced materials company EnKoat featured in the 2020 50 to Watch List for its is development of energy-efficient building coatings to combat climate change, and more.
The Arizona Corporation Commission has approved a plan for utilities to get all of their energy from carbon-free sources like solar and nuclear energy by 2050, bringing the state closer in line to other Western states. The new requirements would make Arizona’s renewable rules stricter than Montana, Oregon and Washington, although Washington’s goal of going carbon-free is to do so by 2045, five years earlier than Arizona.
The Arizona Public Service Company (APS) has implemented a $51.9 million energy efficiency package, offering programs to help families and small businesses save money as they attempt to weather COVID-19.
Today, more than 160,000 solar installations in Arizona produce enough energy to power more than 768,000 homes. ASU’s solar program provides more than 50 MWdc equivalent solar-generating capacity, which contributed to the university reaching its goal of becoming carbon neutral in 2020, with zero greenhouse gas emissions from campus operations. Here, we chronicle some of the major milestones in the history of solar energy development at ASU, revealing how the university has emerged as a national leader in the field.