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Arizona’s Solar Market Could be Incentive-Free Next Year and Still Thrive

Arizona finished 2011 with 273 megawatts of installed solar capacity, third best in the U.S., driven by an ambitious renewable energy standard (RES).

“The numbers speak for themselves,” said Lon Huber, Southwest Regional Policy Specialist for Suntech Corporation and SEIA’s Arizona Committee Chair, who knows the numbers. “The programs the utilities have put in place have been incredibly successful at getting megawatts in the ground.”

Solar in Arizona so far only provides about three percent of the state’s power but employs 4,786 people, more, Huber said, than Salt River Project (SRP), the state’s second largest utility, which provides 40 percent of the state’s power and employs 4,346.

“We are projected to have around 43 megawatts either installed or reserved in 2012 just for APS’s residential program,” Huber added. That “is larger than Colorado’s entire distributed generation [DG] market.”

And, he added, “the other market segments have all been robust. We had a standard offer, we have a small generation program, we have the AZ Sun Program and we have utility-scale procurement.”

via Arizona’s Solar Market Could be Incentive-Free Next Year and Still Thrive : Greentech Media.

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