Plans for “Solar Tower” Energy Plant in Arizona

EnviroMission (USA) Inc., the Phoenix-based subsidiary of the Australian company EnviroMission Ltd., already has a few parcels under option in La Paz County and recently received an initial approval from the Southern California Public Power Authority (“SCPPA”).  The company plans to construct a plant in Arizona that will generate electricity using “solar tower” technology.  This new technology, described here, essentially …

China’s Largest Solar Manufacturer to Open U.S. Headquarters in Phoenix

Four months after signing into law new tax incentives for the renewable energy industry, Arizona governor Jan Brewer welcomed China’s largest solar-panel manufacturer to the Valley of the Sun. Suntech Power Holdings Co. announced on Sunday its decision to locate its U.S. headquarters and an 80,000 to 100,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility in Phoenix. The facility, which will …

Senators, Arizona Representative Voice Concern about Senate’s Climate Bill

Now that climate change legislation has passed the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee, albeit without any Republican votes, proponents must gather the bipartisan support and 60 votes needed to withstand an expected filibuster. The road to the floor will not be smooth, with senators of both parties expressing reservations and seeking to modify the bill. Particularly contentious …

Non-Profit Pushes for GHG Emission Limits in New Mexico

A proposal submitted by petition for hearing on January 5, 2009 by New Energy Economy (a Santa Fe based nonprofit) is being considered by the state Environmental Improvement Board (NMEIB) and would place strict limits on greenhouse emissions.  The New Energy Economy proposal would apply to oil and gas producers, refineries, manufacturers, power plants, and …

Phoenix Hosts Summit on Green Building

The Greenbuild 2009 International Conference and Expo opened on Wednesday at the Phoenix Convention Center.  An annual event organized by the U.S. Green Building Council, Greenbuild is the largest convention of its kind, with over 20,000 attendees and exhibitors expected this year.  Greenbuild 2009 runs from November 11 through 13 and offers a wide variety …

New Arizona Law Creates Tax Incentives for Renewable Energy Companies

On Tuesday, Arizona governor Jan Brewer participated in a celebratory signing of SB 1403, entitled “Renewable, High-Wage Industry Incentives.” The bill, which Gov. Brewer signed into law in July, creates income and property tax incentives for renewable energy companies, including those in the wind, biofuel, and solar industries, to locate or expand their operations in Arizona.  The bill …

Spain Produces Over Half its Energy from Wind for 1.5 Hours

In the wee hours of Sunday morning, Spain set quite a record: The country got more than half its electricity from wind farms, a first for a country long invested in renewable energy.  Between 4:30 and 6 a.m., Spanish wind turbines took advantage of a particularly windy day to generate 53% of the electricity coursing …