Map of solar resources with best areas in red, including all of Arizona
TUCSON -- I was invited and participated today in an important strategy session for decision makers on how to boost the solar power industry across Arizona. US Rep Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ8) led the meeting at UA, and I was there as a Tucson Planning Commissioner.
For years, my family and I have generated solar power at our southside home in LD29. I am very supportive of increased solar power development and use to help our economy, security and environment.
Congresswoman Giffords called the Arizona Solar Energy Development Conference primarily for governmental policy makers and key staff. Energy experts from across the US and other nations discussed ways to go solar. It was an impressive group dealing with a hot and critical issue.
There were very interesting discussions and questions on incentives, net metering, energy economics, and the pros and cons of rooftop solar in cities vs. giant solar power plants out in the desert. Ultimately, we likely need both, and proper siting of solar plants will be essential.
It's exciting and encouraging to be a part of so much talented leadership interest in solar power development. Yes, we can!
UPDATE, 7/9: New news on big solar projects planned for BLM public lands.