Solar Power In Tucson Arizona

Solar Power In Tucson Arizona

Solar Power Is A Great Idea With Some Big Tradeoffs


Solar Power tucson azArizona solar power is a hot topic. No pun intended. Arizona ranks second in the U.S. for rooftop solar. Arizona ranks first for utility-scale solar power plants.

Tucson Electric Power is one of the nation’s leading solar power utilities. Since Tucson AZ has over 350 days of sunshine each year this shouldn’t be a surprise. TEP’s renewable energy programs have generated awards and recognition.

By the way, TEP is the primary electric utility in Tucson. TEP also ranks among the top 10 utilities nationwide for kilowatt hours per customer provided by solar energy.

Home Solar Power

Home solar power system costs have dropped 40 % over the last two years. As solar power system costs have declined, residential installations have grown.  A 53% increase during the first quarter of 2013. Followed by a 48% increase in the second quarter.
 
Data comes from GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association September report.
 
In 2014, TEP and UniSource Energy Services added 270 megawatts of solar capacity in 2014. The combination of solar power and wind power will power more than 110,000 homes for a year.
 
TEP’s Solar Program offers an easy and affordable way to meet your electric needs. TEP customers have the opportunity to buy this solar power on a monthly basis. But TEP is proposing higher charges and fewer credits for homes with rooftop solar.

To Go Solar Or Not To Go Solar

Customers can buy some or all of your power through the program. It will reduce or eliminate the use of energy from “conventional” resources. However, the solar power program will increase your electric bill.

While solar power in Arizona seems to be a no-brainer, it’s not. Arizona solar power is ground zero in a potential battle over solar energy incentives. The battle concerns the ability of homeowners with rooftop solar power systems to sell power back to utility companies.

At the core of the issue is whether or not utilities will be allowed to derail the decentralized “distributed generation” energy movement.

The use of “net metering” is a target for the Arizona Public Service. APS is Arizona’s largest utility. APS is battling solar power system installers over “net metering”.

Net metering allows homeowners to receive a credit on their electric bills for any excess electricity generated by their home solar panels.  These credits and the ability to offset future rate increases has been a  driver for an increasing number of homeowners moving to Arizona solar power.

So what is the future of Arizona solar power? Well, it should be bright and sunny. Pun intended!

The Economics Of Solar Power For The Utilities

However, the question is at what cost? As homeowners install home solar power units on their homes it creates issues for utilities. Utilities suggest the grid is not made for receiving input from an ever increasing number of home solar power systems.

Utilities love big! Big coal power plants. Big nuclear power plants and Big solar power plants. Critics suggest utilities such as APS are trying to stymie home rooftop solar power.

As everyone knows, utilities are monopolies. Monopolies must maintain their hold on power generation from all sources. Remember personal computers vs mainframes?

Utilities must build larger centralized solar power plants to meet state renewable energy mandates. That mission is in conflict homeowners having home solar power systems.

The battle has been started, but the outcome is uncertain. So if you are considering a home solar power system, take the time to understand the issues. And potential outcomes.

Considering A Home In Tucson?

Are you thinking of buying a home in the greater Tucson area? Finding the right home can be a challenging process. But we can make the process much less stressful for you.

We have been Tucson Realtors since 2002. We know Tucson and the Tucson Real Estate market. As a top Realtor team, we invest the time to understand your home buying interests and desires. At our first meeting, we will review the current real estate market with you. Show you the market data and then walk you through the Arizona home buying process.

Why? We want you to know what to expect. And what to plan for.

Interested in new construction? We’ll brief you on buying a new construction home. And what’s unique about the process.

For us, you are not another real estate transaction. You are a client and future friend. We strive to create a relationship that continues long after you move into your home. Review our profiles. Check out our backgrounds, education, and certifications.

We are here to help you “know what you need to know” to buy a home in Tucson, AZ. We provide you information on Tucson events, places to shop and restaurants. Our resources include contractors, electricians, and home services. We will also help you get deals on tile and paint to make the home you buy yours. Our professional service backgrounds mean we put you first!

Conclusion

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Solar Power In Tucson Arizona was last modified: May 17th, 2017 by ben4wp

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Solar Power In Tucson Arizona was last modified: May 17th, 2017 by ben4wp
Solar Power In Tucson Arizona was last modified: May 17th, 2017 by ben4wp

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