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Supply, politics dim the sun on Arizona solar

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A solar installer prepares another row for panels. Sunshine is still plentiful in Arizona, but a tight global supply of modules and uncertainty around a trade case on President Trump’s desk cloud the solar industry’s future.

By Hayley Ringle | Phoenix Business Journal

Arizona’s solar growth slowed during third-quarter 2017 amid higher prices caused by a tight global supply of modules and uncertainty around a trade case on President Donald Trump’s desk.

The U.S. solar growth also has slowed down because of these issues, which is significant because solar costs have fallen without interruption for years, according to a new report.

The latest U.S. Solar Market Insight report, compiled by GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association, said prices rose in part because of the Section 201 trade case now being weighed at the White House.


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  1. jim stack says:

    Solar PV also slowed because SRP added a huge monthly charge if you add solar PV to your home. It’s $50-60 a month for no reason. APS also has a small charge and asked that it be raised along with other fees all designed to stifle Solar PV in Arizona.

    If we had fair rates that encourage people to help reduce loads at the right time of day the new advanced battery Solar systems could help everyone. Instead of building more power plants and transmission line they could invest in clean home power.

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