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AZ Still Power in Solar, Despite Others’ Gains

Sempra U.S. Gas & Power has contracted with the Navy and the Department of Energy to provide power to military bases in California from a solar facility in Tonopah. (Photo by Gavin Maxwell/Cronkite News)

By Adam DeRose for Cronkite News

A month after it announced plans to develop a new solar power plant in Gila Bend, Vasari Energy was back in November to double down on its investment, expanding the plant’s capacity to power more than 7,000 homes.

It was a smart business move to bolster the company’s planned solar portfolio. Experts said it was more evidence that Arizona is an ideal state for utility-scale solar projects, a status they expect will continue as the infrastructure needed for solar plants becomes more affordable.

Arizona currently ranks second in total installed solar capacity after California, the nation’s undisputed leader, despite rising challenges from new competitors across the South, such as North Carolina and Texas.

More than 100 solar facilities are operating or under construction in the state, according to Solar Energy Industries Association data.

These projects could have a large effect on the Arizona economy. The development of the solar industry in the state has the potential to attract and keep a skilled workforce…

Read more at Cronkite News.

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