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What are the Top Solar Companies in Arizona?

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Top 10 solar companies in Arizona

With a state average of 300 days of sunshine throughout the year, the number of  solar installations in Arizona are growing so quickly that APS (the state’s largest utility) has been struggling to keep up with all the approvals homeowners submit to connect their panels to the grid. And there are now dozens of solar companies popping up in the state, each looking to serve the rapidly expanding solar market. Of course, not all are up to the task of being one of the top solar companies in Arizona.

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Flagstaff Solar – Everything You Need to Know

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Information about Solar Panels in Flagstaff, Arizona

If you’re considering going solar and you live in or around Flagstaff, Arizona, you’ve come to the right place.

Whether you are wondering about your local utility’s policy, installation costs, or financing, keep reading. We have the answers to all Flagstaff solar installations below!

This post has been developed especially about solar in Flagstaff, AZ, for residents that are served by the electric utility Arizona Public Service (APS). If that doesn’t apply to you, you can still check out the Arizona solar energy state page to learn more about solar in your state.

If you’re looking for a simple yes or no as to whether you should install solar in the Flagstaff area, the answer is definitely ‘yes’, similar to the rest of the state. The sunny weather, cost of electricity, and relatively solar-friendly policies make it no surprise that Arizona has the third-highest installed solar capacity of any state in the US. Read on to find out more!

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Yuma Solar – Everything You Need to Know

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Information about Solar Panels in Yuma Arizona

If you’re thinking about installing solar panels in Yuma, Arizona and wondering where to start, look no further!

This city page is specifically about Solar Panels Yuma, AZ. For more general state information, see our Arizona solar energy state page, or search for other city pages that may be near you.

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Phoenix Solar – Everything You Need to Know

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To give you a running start with Phoenix solar, we've compiled this handy guide.

Going solar in Phoenix is a great choice, as there are a lot of solid incentives for those of you looking to jump into the solar market. A state that offers favorable rebates, state tax policies, and a utility company that offers incentives to their customers, combine into worthwhile savings for anyone paying cash or taking out a loan for their solar panel system.

For a broader overview see our Arizona Solar page.​

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Tucson Solar – Everything You Need to Know

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Information about Solar Panels in Tucson

Tuscon, AZ has a lot of very solid incentives for its residents to go solar. Between their state energy policies and preferential tax treatment, you will find a lot of ways to save money no matter how you go about installing your new solar panel system. Read on to find out why Arizona is one of the fastest growing hotspots for solar in the US!

For a broader state overview, see our Arizona Solar Energy page.

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Who’s the Real Enemy When It Comes to Solar?

Plenty of people know that solar power is a great alternative to traditional energy sources.

It’s contributing to job growth and increases homeowner values. Plus, Americans want solar power! But despite this, utilities, advocates, lawmakers, and solar energy companies go round and round blaming each other, while the person who just wants to install rooftop solar suffers (see Hawaii as a prime example).

Who’s actually the enemy when it comes to solar?

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SolarCity vs Arizona Utilities: The War Wages On

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In Arizona, solar is heating up — but not in the way you’d think. According to ThinkProgress, solar users in Arizona will be subjected to a new, additional “demand charge” of about $50 per month starting in April.

The New Arizona Solar Fee

This new charge will be based on user’s peak energy use, and all solar users have to pay it, regardless of the amount of solar energy they produce. This means that even if a home with residential solar panels produced enough energy to offset the amount of energy they would otherwise take from the grid, they still have to pay the utility fee.

The reason for the charge is simple. Public power utilities, like Salt River Project, want to charge for renewable energy fees in order to offset the costs for maintaining solar grid infrastructure. They believe since solar customers use the grid differently, it’s necessary to shift grid maintenance costs to customers who are using solar.

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Significant Solar Job Growth in Conservative States

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The solar industry is booming, with over 173,000 solar jobs in the U.S. And more states than ever are leading the way, with unexpected states like Georgia trumping solar production over more solar traditional states. However, the most surprising news may be that solar is taking off in politically conservative states that a decade ago may have never been seen as energy efficient leaders.Continue reading