The Census found that Arizona boasts the 7th largest solar workforce in the country. However, it also found that between 2014 and 2015, there has been a 24.5% reduction in the solar workforce in Arizona. Click here for the full report.
1. that are fully permitted
2. with planning or permits likely to be concluded by the end of 2017, or
3. are located in areas already identified as suitable for large-scale solar installations).
In addition to this survey, the report identifies existing policies that supported these installments and recommends future policies to continue the clean energy trajectory.
Facts, figures, and plans for Arizona's energy future.
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Leisa Brug Weir, currently EPIC Director of Special Projects, oversaw the creation of the state's energy plan, EmPOWER Arizona, when she was Governor Brewer's Energy Policy Advisor and Director of the Governor's Office of Energy Policy. EPIC provided research and stakeholder engagement support during the development process.
Interested in learning 46 policy and program ideas to maximize the resource of energy efficiency here in Arizona? EPIC contributed to the ASU Global Institute of Sustainability's Energy Efficiency Idea Guide.
Introduction from energize.asu.edu: The goal of this Energy Efficiency Idea Guide is to provide policymakers and stakeholders a quick-read of forty-six ideas for potential policies, programs and initiatives that can increase the adoption of energy efficiency in the built environment in Arizona. It is intended to spark the beginning of conversations between stakeholders, not to be the definitive resource with all the answers set in stone. It is being updated online and supplemented with more in-depth briefs covering some of the challenges and solutions to the complexities that inevitably arise in taking an idea through to implementation.
Executive summary: Setting clean energy policies with measurable goals within the City of Tempe’s General Plan or in a strategic plan focused solely on clean energy can significantly strengthen the City’s resiliency in case of natural or man-made disasters, support local jobs and help residents and businesses to lower their electricity bills. The cities of New York, NY, San Jose, CA, and Irvine, CA have each articulated their clean energy policies and measurable goals in the General Plan and/or in a Strategic Energy Plan, and have successfully achieved tangible progress since developing and adopting these Plans. This report provides examples of proven policies and programs that the City of Tempe might be interested in adopting within the 2040 General Plan update, within a separate Strategic Energy Plan, or on an individual program basis. Section I explains the importance of developing strong energy policies at the municipal level. Section II reviews policies articulated in Tempe’s current iteration of its General Plan that can be further developed via strong clean energy policy. Sections III and IV summarize New York, San Jose, and Irvine’s ambitious energy goals as outlined in their General Plans and/or Strategic Energy Plans, to inform the City of Tempe as it develops its energy policies. Section V provides examples of innovative, successful programs that the City of Tempe might use to advance its energy policies and meet its goals.
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