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Arizona Institute Offers A Tuition Free Ecological Design Certificate Program

By Roy L Hales

Unlike many of their European counterparts, who do not have to pay for education, America’s average Class of 2016 graduate owes about $37,172 in student loans. Almost half of the students interviewed by the Pew Research Center said this debt made it harder to pay other bills. A quarter said it influenced their career decisions. One of the nation’s smaller non-profits has decided to do something about it. An Arizona institute offers a tuition free ecological design certificate program. 

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The 2nd Quarter’s Growth & Potential Depicted on a website

The ECOreport looks at Growth & Potential Depicted on a website called Clean Energy Works for Us

By Roy L Hales

The US added another 12,500 jobs during the second quarter. That’s twice as many as in the preceding quarter. Close to half of these were in the solar sector (5,895), but there were also substantial contributions from the wind (2,750) and electric vehicle (2,000)industries. These are some of the details been shared on the web for labour day. Environmental Entrepreneurs presents the second quarter’s 2nd Quarter’s Growth and Potential on a website called Clean Energy Works for us.

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SolarCity & Sunrun Are Suing The Arizona Department Ff Revenue

By Roy L Hales

Another obstacle to the growth of rooftop solar has arisen in Arizona. The Arizona Department of Revenue (ADOR) claims that solar energy equipment is taxable if it is owned by a solar company and installed on another person’s property. They have assigned a value for property tax purposes at 20% of its depreciated cost, which amounts to about $152 a year for an average solar customer. In response, SolarCity & Sunrun are suing the Arizona Department of Revenue.
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Compromise Fee: Utilities Fail To Stop Rooftop Solar In Arizona

By Roy L Hales

They started gathering outside of the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) building, in Phoenix, at 6 am, on Wednesday morning. There were reputedly close to 1,000 and by noon 107 had testified to the Commission. Some wore the green shirts that marked them out as employees of SolarCity, America’s leading rooftop solar company. Others were connected to The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC), which helped organize the rally. Most were rooftop solar owners. They were each given three minutes and it was not surprising that 95 spoke against the Arizona Public Service Co (APS) proposal to raise rates for new solar rooftop customers. A recent Arizona poll found that 81% of the respondents were opposed to the proposed rate increase. Dozens of would-be speakers were turned away due to time constraints. It is a National issue , but the battle has been especially ugly locally. The latest reports state the utilities fail to stop rooftop solar in Arizona.
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Fake Controversies In Arizona’s Net Metering War?

By Roy L Hales

The most recent skirmish in America’s Net metering war may involve “fake controversies” manufactured by Arizona Public Service (APS). A couple of articles published on azcentral.com yesterday revealed that in 2009 two employees of the Lincoln Strategy Group approached Arizona Public Service Co (APS), the state’s utilities company, with the idea of using false information to further the election of more favorable regulators or “influence legislators to add additional seats on the commission.”
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