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Partnering with the University of Arizona Cochise Cooperative Extension, the Arizona Department of Agriculture, and the Willcox Chamber of Commerce, Solar Path hosted a free forum open to the public at the Valley Telecom in Willcox, AZ. Mark Apel from the University of Arizona explained his research looking at Arizona’s viability for utility scale solar installations. More information on his research can be found here. Solar Path’s Brendan Nuriddin spoke to the audience about the importance of installing a correctly sized solar system and how people can determine what would be a good sized system based on their annual kWh consumption. Tiffany Ground from the Arizona Department of Agriculture discussed their On-Farm Energy Audit Implementation Program, which is a free program designed to help farmers, ranchers, and producers mitigate their energy consumption. More information on their program can be found here.
The owner of a successful company in Southern Arizona contacted Solar Path in October of 2013 to discuss energy consumption. The buildings included a main residence, an office building, three outbuildings and an indoor pool. All of this activity resulted in an ever-increasing electric bill and a desire to offset that energy demand through generating as much power as he could through his own means. After looking at all the options he had available, he decided on a solar installation because “solar has the best return on investment. I figure on a return between 8% and 18%.”
After meeting with Solar Path and discussing his options, the Client decided to install an elevated canopy to create shade for his parked vehicles and offer shaded parking to his clients and employees. The 24.96kW installation is mounted to a specialized carport system and comprises two canopies each with eight supporting posts and two footings. The financial saving for this business owner will be immediate and their system will create more than 3,700kWh on a monthly basis. This production will save 7,812 lbs of coal and 1,860 gallons of water from being used to generate electricity each month. To this Client's credit, after realizing his tax incentives for the 2013 tax year, his return on investment will be 10.5% within the first year.
Located in the open desert of the Altar Valley in Southern Arizona, Elkhorn Guest Ranch will soon be harnessing the Sun’s Energy making the ranch a sustainable operation, leaving a smaller environmental footprint. Solar Path is currently installing a 21.62kW photovoltaic system for the Elkhorn Ranch. With an array of solar trees and roof mounting, this 92-panel solar system will offset their energy usage by 20%! The installation will be complete September 30, 2012.
Owners Mary and Charlie Miller offer the enjoyment of friendship, rest, quiet and adventure at their Guest Ranch and now they offer sustainability! Click here to visit Elkhorn Ranch in Arizona.
Solar Path is thrilled to welcome aboard their newest team members, Brendan Nuriddin, Project Manager, and Nancy Zepeda, Business Development. Brendan and Nancy will further insure Solar Path the ability to give Clients the very best service throughout the life of each Southern Arizona and Tucson solar system installed.
In Mayor Rothschild's "180 Day Plan", he commits to meeting with TEP and Trico to "make sure we’re offering the right incentives to encourage commercial and residential use of solar power and rainwater harvesting. Growing these industries locally will create jobs and help establish Tucson as a leader in solar energy and water conservation."
Solar Path agrees that "Our sunny climate and desert environment make Tucson the perfect city to lead in three green industries: solar energy, water conservation and outdoor recreation.
The Solar Path team has completed the 50.76kW photovoltaic system for Tucson Racquet Club, located at 4001 N. Country Club Road. The Club is open 24 hours a day, and the electric bills reflected this high usage. Using the sun to power a portion of the facility's electrical usage will save the club hundreds of thousands of dollars over the life of the system. More details...
To reduce, or eliminate your business’s electric bill, call our office today! (520) 322-6801.
On Tuesday, December 20, the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) approved the 2012 Renewable Energy Standard and Tariff (REST) Implementation Plan. TEP has announced that their incentive rates will change for 2012. Incentives will start at $.75 per Watt (DC) for residential and $.55 per Watt (DC) for commercial. As funds are exhausted, the rate will reduce throughout the year. Contact Solar Path for the current TEP incentive rate.
By looking to the future, a regional and historical lifestyle is made sustainable! White Stallion Ranch and Solar Path are pleased to announce the largest solar installation on a Dude Ranch in the United States and one of largest installations in the hospitality industry in Arizona.
White Stallion Ranch is an informal ranch that still provides the feeling of the Old West. Only at White Stallion Ranch can you find 3,000 acres of wide-open land at the foot of the ruggedly beautiful Tucson Mountains, adjacent to the Saguaro National Park. The ranch hospitality is blended perfectly with the comforts of a top resort.
White Stallion Ranch provides an escape from modern life by preserving an authentic link to the past. To preserve this historic linkage, the owners have looked to the future. It was a clear decision that the way to preserve desert amenities requires a thriving desert habitat. The decision to invest in solar power was made to create a sustainable and responsible experience for guest. The new 113 kilowatt system will be operating over 500 solar panels on site and will be offsetting almost half a million pounds of carbon dioxide per year.
The 2010 Spring Southern Arizona Home Builder's Association Home Show was another success and Solar Path was proud to be a part of it.
Going solar is quickly becoming a top priority for many Americans, and Tucsonans have some of the best sun for energy creation. Hundreds of interested consumers dropped by the Solar Path booth to learn more about how harnessing the sun's energy could help them save thousands of dollars while helping the environment.
After two years of designing and building the house powered exclusively by solar energy, the modular structure affectionately named SEED [pod], was shipped to Washington D.C. to compete in the world-wide competition put on by the U.S. Department of Energy.
The solar home had to be designed in a way that it could easily and quickly be taken apart and put back together several times. It took the team several days to disassemble and prepare the home for shipment to the competition location. Once there, the home had to be reassembled with the hope that nothing was damaged during shipment.
The University of Arizona team was one of only 20 teams selected to compete in this year’s competition. The 2009 competition was the 4th to be held, with the inaugural event taking place in 2002.
Solar Path is proud to have been a sponsor of the solar decathlon that brings awareness of the importance of sustainable buildings to the public by using the sun’s natural energy to power the systems that people need everyday.
Members of the Solar Path team were on hand to meet the numerous interested citizens and politicians in favor of the increased use of solar energy for Southern Arizona, Oro Valley, and beyond. In total, there were an estimated 450 attendees of the Expo/Luncheon. Several discussions took place between Solar Path and the concerned citizens and politicians who all realize the importance, urgency, and need to reduce reliance on coal, and how, with Solar Path’s help, increasing usage of the sun’s natural, clean power is more attainable than ever before. The event was sponsored by the Greater Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Solar Path, LLC completed the installation of the 10.64 kW photovoltaic system on the standing-seam metal-roof building. The building will be able to realize a 30% tax credit for the installation.
Tucson's newest business magazine, BizTucson, promotes the importance of solar power in the Southwest, with Tucson aiming to be the country's leader.