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With the average age of our properties here in Ahwatukee at around 20 years there seems to be a shift in what is most important to buyers out here looking to purchase. Ten years ago interior upgrades like granite counter tops, newer fixtures and flooring were on top of most buyers list when searching for a home. Top of the radar these days are big-tickets items that have reached their life span like roofs and air condition units. Another non-cosmetic item high on the list is energy efficiency such as newer windows and solar equipment.
When considering solar, consumers have a lot to think about, but Attorney General Tom Horne warns residents it’s important to read the fine print on any deal they sign.
Ambassador Academy’s Summer Science Camp students partnered with Little Caesar to learn about the use and benefits of harnessing solar energy.
Though the calendar won’t announce the official arrival of summer for a few more weeks, the Arizona heat already is settling in. Blasting the A/C may sound like a great plan, but it’s not so great for your energy use — or your wallet. From the air conditioner to the washing machine, a few adjustments can make a huge difference on your home and the environment. The grass will always be greener on your side of the fence with a little inspiration from these energy-saving tips.
Two Republicans hoping to sit on the Arizona Corporation Commission lashed out Wednesday at a decision by the state Department of Revenue to impose property taxes on leased solar panels.
Vivint Solar, a provider of residential solar energy systems in the United States, announced that it has expanded into the Phoenix area with two new offices:
Vivint Solar, one of the largest providers of solar systems in the nation, is setting up two offices in the Valley — one in Phoenix to serve the West Valley, and one in Mesa for the East Valley, creating about 130 jobs total.
Solar has become top of mind for many as the technology has become more available in the Valley of the Sun. In fact, the SRP call center receives about 1,500 calls a month related to solar.
Mesa recently opened the largest solar facility in city history at the Red Mountain Library, 635 N. Power Road.
The Air Force’s mission is to fly, fight, and win … in air, space, and cyberspace. This is a mission that relies heavily on energy and electricity.
Arizonans will soon learn what they need to do to survive electromagnetic Armageddon — assuming they survive the blast that causes it in the first place.
When purchasing a home, there is always a balance in priorities between getting the home that you really want and saving money. Much of the costs (price, interest rates, property taxes, insurance, etc.) seem to be dictated by factors outside of our control. There are a few things, however, that you can do before, during and after your home purchase that might save you a few hundred (or even a few thousand) bucks.
Utility ratepayers and voters in Arizona may not be aware that APS used its funds derived from ratepayers to promote Connie Wilhelm in the recent SRP District Board election, even after getting caught with their hands in the cookie jar to secretly spend money to defeat Democrats on the Corporation Commission in the 2012 election. We the ratepayers should be very concerned, better yet, outraged, and should be asking, what is APS up to?
Arizona manufacturers and smelters are in line for a big tax break not being offered to other companies and individuals.
An innovative idea to solve a problem in Ahwatukee Foothills has ended up serving a greater purpose at a medical clinic and school in a remote village in Haiti.
Calling the approach and the product innovative, a Senate panel voted Wednesday to let Tesla Motors finally start selling their vehicles directly to Arizona consumers.
Five Desert Vista High School students were awarded best in state and region at this year’s Verizon Innovative App Challenge for their mobile application concept that measured solar energy usage.
An upcoming update of a power plant in Tempe by APS is expected to provide benefits ranging from new construction jobs to an improvement in the neighborhood aesthetics.
Phoenix has big plans when it comes to sustainability.
The city of Phoenix has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 7.2 percent, exceeding its own goal to reduce emissions by 2015.
An Ahwatukee Foothills home will be part of the Arizona Solar Home Tour this weekend, showcasing how solar can be used throughout the state.
At the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC), like any other elected body, we sometimes have differing opinions. The recent decision by three of my colleagues to prematurely shutdown the process of examining electric retail competition was one such time. The claim by the prevailing side was that the ACC was right to stop the discussions because of constitutional questions.
On Sunday 21, the CEO of APS, Don Brandt, made a statement about Distributed Generation (DG) customers costing APS 25 cents kWHr. This is not exactly how it happens in the real world. That statement is greatly stretching the real situation.
Some commuters in the Phoenix metropolitan area are able to take advantage of less congested rush-hour travel in the more than 175 miles of HOV lanes within the Valley freeway system. While any vehicle with two or more occupants can be in the lanes, some vehicles are allowed to use HOV lanes with just one occupant.
When all else fails, do it yourself. That’s what two Salt River Project employees did to improve their department’s ability to accurately measure water and, more importantly, to help distribute the precious resource SRP delivers to about 2 million people in the Valley.