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Going Green

KNAU explores the new momentum for renewable energy development in northern Arizona.

Published: Fri, 11 Sep 2009 04:00:00 GMT

Last Build Date: Thu, 26 Oct 2017 14:38:28 GMT

Copyright: 2009, KNAU Arizona Public Radio

Growing Green Energy in Arizona

Fri, 11 Sep 2009 04:00:00 GMT

Over the past year dozens of wind farms and solar plants have been proposed across Arizona, and new solar panels and wind turbines are powering homes across the state. Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker caught up with Kris Mayes at the Southwest Renewable Energy Conference in Flagstaff. Mayes chairs the Arizona Corporation Commission, which regulates the state's electric utilities. She says the growth in renewable energy in the southwest is being driven largely by state policy.

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Small wind not so small

Thu, 10 Sep 2009 04:00:00 GMT

Not too long ago homeowners wanting to save money and shrink their carbon footprint installed solar panels. Now small wind turbines are sprouting up all over the country. More and more people are buying wind turbines as federal and state tax credits make them more economical. And northern Arizona has become a center for the small wind industry. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales has the latest installment of KNAU's week-long series "Going Green."

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More neighbors to renewable energy projects mean more complaints

Wed, 09 Sep 2009 04:00:00 GMT

Hundreds of homeowners are fighting a proposed biodiesel plant that may be built about a mile from their community in northwest Arizona. There's currently a big environmental surge of support for wind farms, solar projects and biodiesel plants. But neighbors to these proposed projects are worried about water usage, safety and property values. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales has this report on the common Not-In-My-Backyard complaint.

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Navajo look to sun to help power the rez

Tue, 08 Sep 2009 04:00:00 GMT

On the Navajo Nation, nearly 20,000 households still live without electricity. And small scale solar and wind systems are often their only option. Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker looks at a Navajo program trying to power the remote corners of the reservation.

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Navajos push green jobs

Tue, 21 Jul 2009 04:00:00 GMT

The Speaker of the Navajo Nation council is expected to introduce two pieces of legislation today with the goal of creating hundreds of "green" jobs on the country's largest reservation. Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker reports.

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