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Report | Environment Arizona Research & Policy Center

Shining Cities

The use of solar power is expanding rapidly across the United States. By the end of 2014, the United States had 20,500 megawatts (MW) of cumulative solar electric capacity, enough to power four million average U.S. homes. This success is the outcome of federal, state and local programs that are working in concert to make solar power accessible to more Americans, thereby cleaning our air, protecting our health, and hedging against volatile electricity prices.

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Phoenix earns berth in "solar sweet sixteen"

With more solar panels than most major American cities, Phoenix ranks 3rd among dozens of metropolitan areas analyzed in a new report. 

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News Release | Environment Arizona Research & Policy Center

Despite Outcry SRP Approves Solar Rate Hike

Today the Salt River Project (SRP) Board of Directors approved a rate plan that increases rates on new solar customers by an average of $50 per month. 

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Report | Environment Arizona Research and Policy Center

America’s Dirtiest Power Plants

As international leaders prepare for the United Nations Climate Summit next week in New York, a new study shows America’s power plants dump as much carbon pollution into the air any other country’s entire economy except China. Environment Arizona Research & Policy Center pointed to the report as evidence for why the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal for the nation’s first-ever limits on carbon pollution from power plants is a critical step in the international fight against global warming.

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Report | Environment Arizona Research & Policy Center

Lighting the Way

Solar energy is on the rise. Over the course of the last decade, the amount of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity in the United States has increased more than 120-fold, from 97 megawatts in 2003 to more than 12,000 megawatts at the end of 2013. In the first quarter of 2014, solar energy accounted for 74 percent of all the new electric generation capacity installed in the United States.

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