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TFS Becomes a Certified B Corporation

August 7, 2014

Technicians for Sustainability becomes a Certified B Corporation

Locally owned solar installation company joins prestigious group of ethical companies committed to environmentally and socially conscientious business practices.

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Tucson, Ariz. (August 5, 2014) Technicians For Sustainability (TFS), a locally owned and operated solar installation company in Tucson, announced today that it has completed a rigorous certification program to become the first Certified B Corporation in to be headquartered in Southern Arizona.

“B Corporations have committed to high standards of social and environmental performance and accountability. Much of it falls into the category of things we at TFS have already been doing,” says co-owner Kevin Koch. “By joining the B Corp community and going through the certification process we can support and help grow a movement we believe in, a movement that believes corporations and businesses are not only instruments of social change but have a responsibility to support our communities.”

Since its beginning, TFS has striven to provide renewable energy systems to homeowners and businesses, using high quality, clean, proven technologies. Their mission is to ensure that Southern Arizona’s natural resources are used efficiently and with respect for present and future needs. Committed to practicing what they preach, most TFS employees live with the systems they install, make fuel-efficient transportation choices, and whenever possible, do business with companies that hold values, standards, and ethics comparable with theirs.

B Corporations are a new kind of company which use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. Aspiring B Corporations must qualify through a comprehensive assessment which measures a company’s impact on its employees, suppliers, community and the environment.

TFS joins over 1,045 other mission-driven Certified B Corporations from more than 60 industries in 32 countries with 1 unifying goal – to redefine success in business. Koch says, “We are excited to continue to grow as a business and to strive for more positive change and impact.”

 

About Technicians For Sustainability

Technicians For Sustainability (TFS) is a solar energy design-build firm helping businesses, public institutions, and homeowners translate environmental values into practical reality. The company employs reliable technologies, including solar electricity and solar hot water, to meet customers’ specific needs. TFS has installed over nine megawatts of solar power in southern Arizona. For more information about Technicians For Sustainability visit www.tfssolar.com.

About B Corp

Certified B Corporations meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, legally expand their corporate responsibilities to include consideration of stakeholder interests, and build collective voice through the power of the unifying B Corporation brand. As of June 2014, there are more than 1,045 Certified B Corporations from over 60 industries and 32 countries, representing a diverse multi-billion dollar marketplace.

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Contact:

Tiernay Marsh
Technicians For Sustainability
520-740-0736
tiernay@tfssolar.com

TFS becomes a Certified B Corporation – Press Release

Youth Stewards Project Seeking Applicants

May 6, 2014

Calling all youth—ages 15 to 23!  The Community Water Coalition wants you to participate in their Youth Stewards for a Secure Water Future program!

Do you want to:

  • Add your voice to the vital conversation about water in our community
  • Gain valuable experience and build your resume
  • Make strong connections in local government, non-profit groups, and community organizations
  • Become a leader and informed advocate—shape the future of Tucson
  • Get to know other local youth who care about the same things you do

Download the application today, and get started on a great future for yourself and for Tucson.

The Community Water Coalition works to:

  • encourage local leadership to act in the best interest of sustainable water policy for our region
  • inform the public on important issues related to water security, quality and use
  • engage statewide networks to respond to threats that impact our local watershed

Learn more about the Community Water Coalition and their Youth Stewardship Program.

COUNTDOWN TO CYCLOVIA TUCSON: ARIZONA’S LARGEST CELEBRATION OF CAR-FREE STREETS

March 19, 2014

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Contact Info:
Kylie Walzak, Cyclovia Tucson Event Coordinator
Living Streets Alliance
P.O. Box 2641 Tucson, AZ 85702-2641
520. 261.8777
info@cycloviatucson.org
www.cycloviatucson.org

COUNTDOWN TO CYCLOVIA TUCSON: ARIZONA’S LARGEST CELEBRATION OF CAR-FREE STREETS

Tucson, AZ (March 19th, 2014) – Cyclovia Tucson returns to Downtown and the City of South Tucson on Sunday April 6th, opening five and a half miles of city streets to pedestrians, cyclists and people-powered wheels of all kinds from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. The annual event – presented by Living Streets Alliance – temporarily transforms Tucson’s streets into safe recreational space, open and accessible to everyone, and is a proven cost-effective way to introduce thousands of Tucsonans to sustainable, healthy, safe and active transportation habits.

Last year, more than 25,000 Tucsonans from every zip code took the first step towards a less car-dependent and healthier future by lacing up walking shoes and hopping on their bikes. Already the largest event of its kind in Arizona, 2014 is shaping up to be even bigger. With two music festivals anchoring the north and south end of the route on April 6th, organizers are expecting a record turnout.

“Tucson is a bike-friendly city and Cyclovia Tucson is just one example of that. We are committed, as a community, to providing our citizens with access to safe physical activity that promotes health and wellness, such as biking and walking,” said City of Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild. “We’re also committed to developing sustainable transportation systems which include biking and walking. On Sunday, April 6th, take a stroll – or leisurely ride – through downtown’s unique neighborhoods. Discover new businesses and make some new friends, all while getting a little sunshine and exercise. Hope to see you at Cyclovia Tucson.”

Cyclovia Tucson has grown into one of the region’s most exciting initiatives to promote the benefits of active transportation and healthy lifestyles. With dozens of free activities, games, entertainment, and local businesses located within easy walking or biking distance along the route, Cyclovia Tucson helps make the possibilities of our streets visible to all who attend.

“Living Streets Alliance – the organization that presents two Cyclovia events each year – is really working to show Tucsonans that our streets can be retrofitted to do so much more than just carry cars and the results are quite pleasing to everyone,” said Living Streets Alliance founder and Executive Director, Emily Yetman. “Adding protected bike lanes, converting parking spaces into parklets, calming traffic with native plants that also provide shade – these are all techniques that will be demonstrated at Cyclovia and they are all examples of what LSA envisions for our streets.”

Cyclovia Tucson is made possible by the support of Pima County, Pima Association of Governments and the City of Tucson. The 2014 season of Cyclovia events is also supported by Cox Communications, Technicians for Sustainability, Cigna, Allstate, the University of Arizona Medical Center, and the Greater Arizona Bicycling Association (GABA).

Kevin Koch owner of Technicians for Sustainability noted, “As a business owner, I see true value in supporting Cyclovia Tucson. This event helps to strengthen the vibrancy of our community, while energizing the reality of active, livable streets. Ultimately, it’s good for business, for the community and for individuals.”

Make it a car-free day! Sunday April 6th is a day filled with fun, healthy, family-friendly events all across Tucson including: Tucson Hullabaloo in Armory Park (April 5th-6th), the Fería de Sur Tucson in the City of South Tucson and the first annual Viva La Local Food Fest. The organizers of these events encourage Tucsonans to use people-powered transportation for the day and take advantage of the Pima County Loop system and the City of Tucson’s bikeways, such as Mountain Avenue and Third Street, to access the events.

For participants heading to Downtown Tucson from farther away, parking is available at several locations near the Cyclovia Tucson route. Visit cycloviatucson.org/route to download a copy of the route map and locate parking.

For more information on Cyclovia Tucson visit www.cycloviatucson.org

For more information on Living Streets Alliance visit www.livingstreetsalliance.org

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Technicians For Sustainability & Easter Seals Blake Foundation Celebrate Installation of State-of-the-Art Solar Parking Shade Structures

November 7, 2013

For Immediate Release Contact: Nicole Koch Office: 520-740-0736 Email: nicole@tfssolar.com   Technicians For Sustainability & Easter Seals Blake Foundation Celebrate Installation of State-of-the-Art Solar Parking Shade Structures Over $600,000 in utility savings for the non-profit projected over 20 years   TUCSON, Ariz. (November 7, 2013) – Easter Seals Blake Foundation, one of Southern Arizona’s largest […]

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Amicus Solar Cooperative


Amicus Solar Cooperative, of which TFS is a founding member, was interviewed by SolarPro Magazine.  The interview discusses Amicus’ role in facilitating the exchange of ideas between other local (although in different markets) companies, as well as increasing each individual company’s purchasing power through group-buying, among other things.           Link: Stephen Irvin, Amicus Solar Cooperative

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TFS Open House 2013

November 6, 2013

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Casa Maria Food Drive

September 16, 2013

To celebrate the 2nd anniversary of Casa Maria Soup Kitchen’s solar system, we’re hoping to raise awareness and fuel a small food drive for Casa Maria.  Who’s with us? The solar soup kitchen helps feed many hungry people each month, and an extra donation always helps!  Please drop off donations at the TFS warehouse, at […]

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The Tucson Nature Conservancy’s solar turns 5!

September 9, 2013

The Nature Conservancy, an international organization, is dedicated to preserving the lands and water necessary for life on Earth.  They have been operating in Arizona for many years and besides their Tucson office, have 6 satellite campuses and preserves.  The Nature Conservancy has long been dedicated to “walking the talk” and took a big step […]

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Youth-Centered Bike Camp Builds Skills and Confidence Over TUSD Fall Break

September 4, 2013

Tucson (September 4, 2013) – El Grupo Youth Cycling presents a special installment of its Youth Summer Bike Camp during TUSD’s Fall Break from October 7-11, 2013 for youth aged 7-13 years old. 100% of participants’ parents recommend our camps to others! Through our Youth Bike Camp program your child’s confidence, knowledge, and skills increase […]

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Win a Solar Revolution Shirt!

July 8, 2013

For the next five days we will send out one shirt to the winner of our daily raffle!  Just email a photo of yourself with your solar panels along with your name and address to tiernay@tfssolar.com.  Please also include your preferred t-shirt size (women’s or men’s) and color (grey, sandy brown, blue, or grass green) […]

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St. Monica’s Solar Install: Part 2

May 9, 2013

St. Monica’s Roman Catholic Parish’s solar electric system has been installed and their green remodel is finished! The 5kW donated system will produce 765 kWh of clean electricity for the church each month, and will help to reduce their electric bills by about $900 every year. On March 18th TFS got back on the roof […]

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TFS on Arizona Illustrated

March 8, 2013

Arizona Illustrated recently did a series of articles on solar in Tucson.  They spoke with Hank Krzysik, architect and parishioner at Our Mother of Sorrows , Kevin Koch of Technicians for Sustainability and a number of houses of worship that have decided to install solar to provide for their electricity.  The series looks into environmental […]

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TFS on Downtown Low Down


Danielle was invited to speak on KXCI Community Radio to discuss our 2013 Open House that took place on Feb. 28th. KXCI Community Radio

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St. Monica’s Solar Install: Part 1

February 11, 2013

Last week the TFS solar technicians were up on the roof of St Monica’s Church, beginning to install their new solar electric system.  St. Monica’s, which was the 2012 recipient of the TFS Solar Grant, is undergoing significant remodeling of the interior, exterior and roof of the building.  We’ve been working with the primary architect […]

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St. Monica’s Church- TFS’s 2012 Solar Grant Recipient!

September 3, 2012

Technicians for Sustainability (TFS) has long been concerned about the environment and the community.  It is our belief that to help one is to help the other, and in our line of work, we are happy to be able to do just that.  By installing solar hot water and solar electricity across Tucson, we are […]

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New Southwest Gas Solar Hot Water Incentive

August 22, 2012

Tucson Electric Power (TEP) has been offering incentives to switch to solar hot water for several years and now Southwest Gas is offering their own incentive.  The new Southwest Gas rebate has limited funding, and is a great deal.  If you need an excuse to save the environment and reduce your monthly expenses, then check […]

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St Francis in the Foothills Honors Nature with Solar

June 25, 2012

Tucson, AZ- June 25th, 2012- St. Francis in the Foothills United Methodist Church is proud to announce the adoption of solar electricity that now powers their facility, including the church itself and the adjacent International School for Peace preschool.  Their main motivation to install solar power on the church was to uphold their vision statement, […]

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Tucson Church Saves with Solar

April 17, 2012

Tucson, AZ- April 17, 2012- St. Philip’s In The Hills Episcopal Church is celebrating the completion of their solar power system. Installed on three covered parking structures, this project was made possible by a generous gift from dedicated parishioner Dr. Donna Cosulich. The solar system allows the church to save money and make a public […]

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Technicians for Sustainability 2012 Solar Grant Open Applications

February 1, 2012

Tucson, AZ – February 1, 2012 – Technicians for Sustainability (TFS)  is proud to announce the opening of our 2012 Solar Grant application process.  Starting immediately we will be accepting applications until March 21, the Spring Equinox. The TFS grant program is funded by 1% of our revenue to help non-profit groups install renewable energy […]

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TEP 2012 Incentive Q&A

January 30, 2012

The solar industry in Tucson has been experiencing a number of changes regarding the TEP utility incentives. We are happy to keep you in the loop: below you will find answers to some common questions. Is there still money for solar? The incentive for solar electric (photovoltaic) systems in Tucson Electric Power (TEP) service territory […]

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Swim, Bike, Run – Powered by the Sun

January 17, 2012

Tucson, AZ- January 13, 2012:  TriSports.com, Tucson’s very own triathlon, cycling, running and swimming gear shop, is now generating up to 100% of their electricity from solar power.  The 128 kW solar electric (photovoltaic) system, designed and installed by Technicians for Sustainability, consists of two solar arrays mounted on custom built steel shade structures and […]

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2012 Solar Policy Update

December 22, 2011

On December 20th, 2011, the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) passed the Tucson Electric Power 2012 Renewable Energy Standard Implementation Plan, throwing a lifeline to commercial solar opportunities, but failing to deliver on hundreds of letters and comments from Southern Arizonans requesting more residential solar rather than a lower surcharge. As some of you may know, […]

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What exactly is net metering?

November 7, 2011

One of the exciting aspects of going solar is that your business becomes its own mini power plant. When you make the switch to solar electricity (PV), your utility company will switch out your current meter with a NET meter. The NET meter keeps track of the amount of energy your PV system sends back to […]

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All Charged Up at Brooklyn Pizza Company

October 3, 2011

Tucson, AZ- October 3rd, 2011- Brooklyn Pizza Company and Sky Bar announce the installation of two new electric vehicle charging stations in their shared solar covered parking lot. The two Blink electric vehicle charging stations have been installed near the solar canopies at Brooklyn Pizza Company and Sky Bar on Fourth Ave. These charging stations […]

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Soup Kitchen Saves with Solar


Tucson, AZ- October 3rd, 2011- Casa Maria Soup Kitchen announces the completion of its rooftop solar power system. The 3.87 kW solar electric (photovoltaic) system was paid for by a grant from Technicians for Sustainability, an incentive from Tucson Electric Power (TEP), and private donations. Producing over $70 dollars worth of electricity each month, the […]

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Is Solar Hot Water Right for Your Home?

July 11, 2011

Need some help understanding the financial ins and outs of solar hot water?  If you are considering installing a solar hot water collector, the following table will give you some tips about the best way to take full advantage of your investment. TFS strongly believes that getting hot water from the sun is the best […]

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Southern Arizona Solar Standards Board

June 13, 2011

As the solar industry continues to shine in Southern Arizona, a new organization, known as the Southern Arizona Solar Standards Board (SASSB), has been introduced to ensure that consumers receive professional, quality service when solar equipment is installed at their homes. Why? With the tremendous growth of the solar industry in southern Arizona, Tucsonans have […]

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TFS’s Nissan Leaf: Real World Electric Vehicle Performance in Tucson

May 27, 2011

The TFS Nissan Leaf is powered by the sun. Durring the month of May, we drove 685 miles which translates to 142 kWh of electricity consumed. The car can easily be powered by a 1kW solar PV system.

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Amity Foundation

May 2, 2011

Amity Foundation is seeking a grant from TFS to install a solar energy system at their Circle Tree Ranch campus located in Tucson, AZ. Social Actions Amity has provided treatment services to the men, women, and children of Tucson for over 42 years. Intent on addressing the needs of the most marginalized individuals of our society, […]

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Coyote TaskForce


Coyote TaskForce is seeking a grant from TFS to install a solar energy system at their downtown Tucson building housing Our Place Clubhouse and Café 54. Social Efforts Coyote TaskForce is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in May of 1989 dedicated to improving the lives of individuals living with Serious Mental Illness (SMI) throughout Pima […]

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Solar Electric Financing: Zero Down Loan vs. Zero Down Lease: Part 3 of 3

April 29, 2011

The final installment of this lease blog attempts to compare a direct purchase of a solar electric system by way of a long-term loan vs. a zero down lease option. Please note, the numbers in this blog are strictly estimates, actual direct purchase numbers and lease terms will vary considerably depending on the household and […]

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Solar Leasing: Who is it good for? Part 2 of 3

December 30, 2010

Leasing companies have created three different types of leases, a zero down lease – meaning no money down at signing, a lease with money down, and a prepaid lease – a large sum is required upfront, with no subsequent lease payments for the term of the lease. Our goal for the second part of this […]

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Weighing the Solar Options: Leasing vs. Financing vs. Owning a Solar Electricity System, Part 1 of 3

December 8, 2010

As the solar industry seeks to reach more and more people, new financing options are being created to help homeowners overcome the upfront cost of solar. This blog entry is one of three that will attempt to demystify the benefits and trade-offs of the three main paths to get solar on your roof: leasing, financing, […]

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October is Energy Awareness Month

October 20, 2010

A presidential proclamation, in 1991, made October Energy Awareness Month. For 19 years, non-profit organizations, large and small businesses, government organizations, and concerned citizens have celebrated this month with activities and actions to promote public understanding of our energy needs and simple ways to reduce the amount of energy we consume in our everyday lives. […]

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Energy Efficiency: Are you missing the mark?

September 21, 2010

An interesting paper has recently been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences entitled “Public perceptions of energy consumption and savings”, which suggests that when it comes to conserving energy, many people seem to be missing the mark. In a national online survey, 505 participants reported their perceptions of energy consumption and […]

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Celebrate Your Solar

July 14, 2010

TFS customers throughout Southern Arizona are showing their solar pride and promoting the solar power movement.  Making the switch from fossil fuels not only benefits you, but also our shared environmental future. Below are a few ways that you can let your fellow community members know you are making a difference. Once again, thank you […]

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Watts & Kilowatts & kWh… Oh My!

July 11, 2010

We have all looked at a lightbulb and noticed that it says, “100 Watts,” but what does that mean? We’ve also looked at our utility bill and seen that we’ve been charged for the amount of kilowatt-hours (kWh) we’ve used. But, again, what does this all mean? These terms are often used incorrectly and interchangeably, […]

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Solar Education Programs

July 7, 2010

As part of our mission, we believe we have a social responsibility to educate our fellow community members about solar energy and the importance of employing renewable resources. We are always willing to speak with local groups about sustainability, water catchment, and solar power. Solar Open House We understand and appreciate that each of our customers […]

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Referral Program

June 28, 2010

Solar provides enormous benefits for the environment and your wallet, but it’s also great for our community. Do you know someone who is interested in going solar? Each time you send us a referral that results in a new TFS customer, we’ll make a $100 donation, in your name, to your favorite local non-profit (must […]

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Photo Journal: Culvert Cistern Installation


Below is a photo journal of a culvert cistern installation completed by the TFS water harvesting crew. The full installation took place over two days, one week apart. Day 1 TFS crew arrives on site, marks out cistern location and levels ground. Underground plumbing is put together and buried in the pad. Gutter and rainhead […]

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Local Non-Profit Organizations

June 25, 2010

There are many great non-profits to support with your customer referral. Below, are some of the organizations that strive to make southern Arizona a great place to live, for present and future generations.   Tucson Clean and Beautiful, Inc. – Mission: To preserve and improve our environment, conserve natural resources, and enhance the quality of […]

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Industry Yard Signs

June 21, 2010

The following are examples of the industry yard signs that TFS has had made. If you are interested in having these signs made for your company, e-mail Tiernay Marsh at tiernay@tfssolar.com for a file that you can customize with your company information.  TFS currently has these yard signs made at Signage for about $12 each. Each sign […]

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Survey Shows More Americans Support Solar Energy

June 11, 2010

Solar energy is getting the positive attention and widespread acceptance it deserves. A recent study from Rasmussen Reports (a comprehensive public opinion poll) showed that 44% of Americans believe in investing in solar for their home. According to the survey, nearly one out of three adults (31%) say they are at least somewhat likely to […]

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Solar Continues to Shine Bright

June 1, 2010

Solar continues to Shine Bright in SEIA’s 2009 Year in Review Once again, we are seeing proof that an economic recession can’t stop the sun from shining in, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). They recently released the 2009 U.S. Solar Industry Year in Review, which reports on the health of the solar […]

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TFS Visits Local Schools to Teach Solar Facts

May 23, 2010

These days, elementary students have heard of the impacts of climate change, greenhouse gases, and conservation.  Also, as the need for clean, renewable energy becomes more pressing, the topic of solar energy is increasingly integrated into school curriculum and lesson plans. Solar power is not a topic of discussion for the future, but a lesson […]

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The Open PV Project: See Solar Grow

May 21, 2010

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to actually watch the solar movement grow right in front of your eyes? If the answer is yes, then have we got a tool for you! The solar industry now has eye-popping, interactive maps and charts that show where PV systems are being installed, how big […]

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Solar Can Meet 10% of U.S. Energy Needs by 2030

May 17, 2010

The solar energy report, “Building a Solar Future: Repowering America’s Homes, Businesses and Industry with Solar Energy,” was released recently, which outlines a plan for using solar power to meet 10% of the United States’ total energy needs by 2030. The report explains how solar energy can be incorporated into our homes, businesses, farms, and […]

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Increased Incentives Help Tucson Businesses Tap the Sun

April 6, 2010

The Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC)  approved Tucson Electric Power (TEP) Company’s 2010 application for its renewable energy standard tariff (REST) implementation plan. The REST plan, which became effective February 1, 2010, will increase the utility rebates for businesses that install commercial solar electricity and/or small commercial solar hot water systems. The 2010 implementation plan will […]

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Coal’s Assault on Human Health

February 9, 2010

Recently Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) released a medical report, “Coal’s Assault on Human Health,” which takes a new look at coal’s effect on public health. The report examines the impact of coal pollution on the major organ systems from the lungs to the brain. This report caught our attention since nearly 95% of our […]

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10 good reasons to go solar in 2010!

February 2, 2010

1. Lock in your electricity rates Investing in a solar electric system is like buying 30 years of electricity at a fixed rate, thereby reducing your exposure to rising utility rates. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration,  Arizona had the third highest utility rate in the western U.S. in 2009 (following California and Oregon).  […]

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Solar: Creating Both Electricity and Jobs Close to Home


With the Bureau of Labor Statistics reporting that unemployment in the U.S. has reached over 10%, it is more important than ever to discuss the importance of going solar and creating green jobs. We’ve been hearing a lot of buzz in the media about ‘green jobs’ and many are wondering when we will start seeing […]

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Arizona is making the grade and freeing the grid!


The report “Freeing the Grid”, released by solar energy advocates Vote Solar Initiative, Interstate Renewable Energy Council, the Solar Alliance, and the Network for New Energy Choices, gave their 2009 assessment for each states’ net metering practices. Our sun-drenched state earned an A for its net metering policies, which is a nice improvement from the […]

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What exactly is net metering?


One of the exciting aspects of going solar is that your home becomes its own mini power plant. When you make the switch to solar electricity (PV), your utility company will switch out your current meter with a NET meter. The NET meter keeps track of the amount of energy your PV system sends back […]

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How Big is Your Water Footprint?


As many of us know carbon (CO2) is one of the leading contributors of global climate change; however, when we talk about energy use and our ‘carbon footprint’ we may also want to think about our ‘water footprint’. Water and energy are not only precious natural resources, they also have an intertwined relationship. In order […]

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