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October 6, 2014

  • Science Matters with Lawrence Krauss  |   Video
    • Arizona State University physicist Lawrence Krauss discusses the latest science news, including new information revealing that water on earth may be older than the solar system itself.

August 11, 2014

  • Sustainability: Solar Power Report  |   Video
    • A new national report on solar power shows that Arizona is first in the nation in solar power capacity per capita. Bret Fanshaw of Environment Arizona will talk about the “Lighting the Way” report by Environment America.

May 1, 2014

  • Sustainability: Solar Installation   |   Video
    • A solar installation at the Phoenix Dream Center, an organization that provides help to the homeless, is the first phase in getting the charity off the grid. We take a look at the solar panel installation that will save the center over $100,000 in utility costs annually.

March 12, 2014

  • Arizona Technology and Innovation: Solar Thermal Energy  |   Video
    • An Arizona State University research team is looking into ways to make solar thermal energy more efficient by adding solar photovoltaic cells to the process. Solar thermal power uses mirrors to heat a fluid to create power. One of the ASU research team leaders, Zachary Holman, will discuss the ideas being examined.

February 12, 2014

  • Renewable Energy Standards  |   Video
    • The Arizona Corporation Commission has decided to take another look at renewable energy standards, which requires that 15% of energy generated in the state come from renewable sources by 2025. Thirty percent of that energy must come from small energy generation sources, mostly rooftop solar. Arizona Public Service Company has asked the commission to end that requirement because the method of counting those sources has been eliminated. Solar panel installers fear it’s an attempt to eliminate the competition on the part of APS. Amanda Ormond, managing director of the Western Grid Group and former director of the Arizona Energy Office, will discuss the possible rule changes.

November 20, 2013

  • AZ Technology and Innovation: ASU Solar Energy Research   |   Video
    • A national project promising a significant advance in technology for converting sunlight into electricity will be led by a team of Arizona State University engineers. With a $3.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative, the team will develop new ultra-thin silicon solar cells designed to increase the amount of electricity that can be produced through direct conversion of sunlight. Stuart Bowden, the ASU team leader, will discuss the research.

November 18, 2013

  • Net Metering  |   Video
    • The Arizona Corporation Commission voted to add a fee for those using rooftop solar panels. The new fee is 70 cents per kilowatt hour, which will add about $5 a month for a typical rooftop solar user. The fee was much less than sought by Arizona Public Service, which is seeking to reduce the subsidy given to solar power users by about half. Pat Quinn, director of the Residential Utility Consumer Office, will discuss the commission’s decision.

November 13, 2013

  • Net Metering Hearings  |   Video
    • The Arizona Corporation Commission will have two days of hearings on a proposal by Arizona Public Service to cut incentives for those looking to install rooftop solar panels on their homes. Arizona Capitol Times reporter Luige del Puerto will talk about the issue.

November 12, 2013

  • Sustainability: Solar Home Tour   |   Video
    • In honor of Arizona Solar and Renewable Energy Month, several homeowners and businesses opened their doors to the public. They were part of a free, self-guided tour featuring ten solar and sustainable buildings in the Phoenix metro area. We’ll show you what kind of technology, materials and designs go into a Vali Homes prototype.

September 24, 2013

  • Focus on Sustainability: VerdeXchange Conference  |   Video
    • The inaugural VerdeXchange Conference, which seeks to connect businesses with sustainability projects, will be held at Arizona State University’s SkySong Innovation Center October 7 and 8. The conference will feature numerous panels, speakers and hundreds of attendees, all aimed at helping regional and international business leaders tap into sustainability and infrastructure projects. Arizona organizers of the event, Doug Bruhnke of Growth Nation and Maryanne Weiss of Gustare Ltd., will discuss the conference.

July 31, 2013

  • APS Solar Power Charges  |   Video
    • Arizona Public Service released a plan recently to charge residential customers who install solar panels $50 to $100 more a month. The utility says the charges are needed to maintain the electricity grid, but the move is facing lots of opposition, including a vote by the Cave Creek town council to oppose the plan. Barbara Lockwood, General Manager of Energy Innovation for APS, will discuss the plan.

July 23, 2013

  • Cave Creek Solar Power Vote  |   Video
    • The town of Cave Creek is the first Arizona town or city to officially oppose rate hikes for solar power users being proposed by Arizona Public Service. The town unanimously voted to oppose the rate hikes, saying that it could hurt the installation of solar power in homes and hurt the economy. Cave Creek Councilman Ernie Bunch will talk about the vote.

June 26, 2013

  • AZ Technology & Innovation: Nanovoltaics  |   Video
    • Nanovoltaics is a Phoenix-based firm that specializes in providing manufacturers of solar power cells equipment that lower capital costs. The company offers equipment engineering and design and management of large scale construction projects. It also offers nanomaterials for thermal insulation, water purification, timed-release fertilizers, and biofuels production. Henk de Waard, CEO of Nanovoltaics, will talk about his company.

June 4, 2013

  • Focus on Sustainability: Solar Power Plant  |   Video
    • The Interior Department announced approval for three new solar power plants, one in Arizona and two in Nevada. Dennis Godfrey of the Arizona office of The Bureau of Land Management will talk about the Arizona solar power plant, to be located near Quartzite. The Quartzite Solar Energy Project will be capable of generating 100 megawatts of electricity.

May 14, 2013

  • Focus on Sustainability: Maricopa County Sustainability  |   Video
    • Maricopa County has launched a new phase of its six-year-old Green Government Program. The county has implemented hundreds of green measures, such as recycling, energy conservation and installing four megawatts of solar panels. Jonce Walker, the sustainability manager for the county, will talk about sustainability efforts by the county.

May 8, 2013

  • Biomimicry and Janine Benyus  |   Video
    • Biomimicry is innovation inspired by nature that is used to create a healthier, more sustainable planet. One example is solar cells that mimic leaves. Another is paint that mimics leaf surfaces to be self-cleaning with just water. Janine Benyus co-founded the world’s first bio-inspired consultancy, which has done work for more than 250 clients. Benyus will receive the Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa for her groundbreaking work specializing in biomimicry at the Arizona State University undergraduate commencement ceremony May 9. She will appear on Arizona Horizon to talk about biomimicry and her work.

May 7, 2013

  • Solar Impulse  |   Video
    • Saturday just after midnight, history was made at Sky Harbor Airport. That’s when the solar-powered plane “Solar Impulse” landed on the first stop of its trip across the country. The plane can fly at 40-miles-per-hour day or night. Pilots Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg talk about the revolutionary aircraft.

April 25, 2013

  • APS and Solar Power  |   Video
    • A new poll shows that Arizonans support solar energy and want choices beyond utility-provided energy. Mark Schiavoni, the senior Vice President of Operations for Arizona Public Service, and Jeff Guldner, senior Vice President of Customers & Regulation for APS, will respond to the poll’s results.

April 16, 2013

March 26, 2013

  • Suntech Solar Power Plant Closed  |   Video
    • The Suntech Power Holding’s Goodyear solar panel assembly plant has closed. Mike Sunnucks of the Phoenix Business Journal will talk about why the plant has closed and the state of solar power businesses in Arizona.

February 12, 2013

  • Focus on Sustainability: Maricopa Solar Power Plant   |   Video
    • A hearing was held recently on a proposed 300-megawatt solar power plant in Maricopa. The Maricopa Solar Park Project would be built on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management. BLM Arizona representative Dennis Godfrey will discuss the idea.

January 31, 2013

  • Arizona's Renewable Energy  |   Video
    • A move to reduce renewable energy standards for APS by the Arizona Corporation Commission has been tabled, but incentives for large commercial solar power projects have been cut. Commissioner Gary Pierce will discuss the commission’s stance on renewable energy.

January 24, 2013

  • Arizona Renewable Energy Future  |   Video
    • Renewable energy advocates are concerned that the new Arizona Corporation Commission will slow Arizona’s renewable energy momentum. Former Corporation Commissioner Kris Mayes and Solar industry representative Lon Huber talk about some of the related issues the Commission will have an opportunity to decide.

December 27, 2012

  • Arizona ArtBeat Special   |   Video
    • REPEAT FROM 12/07/12

      ASU Professor Mark Robinson, the principal investigator for NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC), discusses “Lunar Landscapes,” an exhibition of LROC images using large-scale panoramic panels and digital projection. A look at the contemporary Western-American art of Ludvic now on exhibition at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg. Ballet Arizona Executive Director Alison Johnston and Arizona Opera General Director Scott Altman talk about teaming-up with the Phoenix Symphony for a special performance early next year. They also speak about the new performance venues their organizations are building.

November 28, 2012

  • Solar Energy Conference  |   Video
    • Leaders in Solar Energy are meeting in Phoenix this week for the Solarpraxis PV Power Plants Conference. Greg Watkins, the President of TAWA Power, a California-based Native American-owned renewable energy company, comments on the conference and renewable energy opportunities & challenges on Arizona’s tribal lands.

November 1, 2012

  • Arizona ArtBeat: Lunar Landscapes  |   Video
    • ASU Professor Mark Robinson, the principal investigator for NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC), provides a preview of “Lunar Landscapes,” an exhibition of LROC images using large-scale panoramic panels and digital projection. The exhibition opens November 2nd at the monOrchid gallery in Phoenix.

September 11, 2012

  • Sustainability: Solar Tower Technology  |   Video
    • Australian company EnviroMission is planning to build a massive solar tower in La Paz County, Arizona. Chris Davey, EnviroMission’s executive director, talks about his company’s solar tower technology that uses virtually no water to produce utility scale amounts of solar energy.

April 19, 2012

  • First Solar/Arizona’s Solar Industry  |   Video
    • Tempe-based First Solar is downsizing its global manufacturing operations. ASU research professor Tim James talks about what the layoffs and say about the state of the solar energy industry.

March 13, 2012

  • Arizona’s Solar Energy Future   |   Video
    • A preview of issues that will be featured at the Arizona Solar Summit, which takes place at the end of March, and a discussion about the challenges Arizona faces in becoming a leader in solar energy. Guests are: Kris Mayes, director of the Program on Law and Sustainability for ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law; Lon Huber, Southwest Regional Policy Specialist for Suntech; and Barry Broome, President and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council.

November 17, 2011

  • Solar Energy: AZ Sun Program  |   Video
    • Pat Dinkel, VP of Power Marketing and Resource Planning for Arizona Public Service Company, talks about the Paloma Solar Power Plant, the first solar plant to reach commercial operation as part of the utility’s AZ Sun Program.

October 5, 2011

  • Arizona Technology & Innovation: ASU Solar Collaboration  |   Video
    • Arizona State University will lead a new national Engineering Research Center to solve challenges of harnessing solar power in economically and sustainable ways. Quantum Energy and Sustainable Solar Technologies, or QESST, will be directed by Christina Honsberg, a professor in ASU's School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering.

September 27, 2011

  • ASU Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative  |   Video
    • Learn more about this program that helps ASU students learn how to start a business. Guests include Brent Sebold, the initiative’s Program Manager, and ASU students Gabrielle Palermo and Susanna Young, two founders of G3Box, a company that turns steel freight containers into mobile medical clinics that has been named a finalist for Entrepreneur magazine’s 2011 College Entrepreneur of the Year award.

September 15, 2011

  • ASU and Solar Energy  |   Video
    • After years of installing solar panels on campus parking structures and rooftops, Arizona State University has exceeded 10 megawatts of solar energy capacity. Find out more about ASU’s commitment to solar power from David Brixen, ASU's associate vice president of Facilities Development and Management, and Morgan Olsen, executive vice president, treasurer, and CFO at ASU.

September 6, 2011

  • Solar Energy: A Bipartisan Issue  |   Video
    • Democratic Arizona Corporation Commissioner Paul Newman and Republican attorney Jordan Rose talk about why they believe solar energy is an issue both political parties should support.

August 31, 2011

  • Arizona Technology and Innovation: First Solar  |   Video
    • Progress is coming fast on a huge solar panel factory being built in Mesa. The First Solar factory will cover 1.3 million square feet when completed. Solar panel production is expected to start in the middle of next year. Todd Spangler, who was recently named the plant’s manager, will discuss the progress of First Solar.

February 28, 2011

  • Solar Development on BLM Land in Arizona  |   Video
    • Eddie Arreola, Supervisory Project-Manager for the Bureau of Land Management, Arizona’s renewable energy coordinating office, talks about the various proposals being considered for managing the development of utility-scale solar power plants on BLM lands.

February 2, 2011

  • Technology & Innovation: Compressed Air Energy Storage  |   Video
    • Researchers at the University of Arizona are looking at how to use compressed air to store solar and wind power. Professor Pierre Deymier, director of the School of Sustainable Engineered Systems at the University of Arizona, and graduate student Krishna Muralidharan discuss the project.

September 7, 2010

  • Arizona Goes Solar Website  |   Video
    • Arizona Corporation Commissioner Sandra Kennedy talks about a new website designed as a one-stop-shop to help people and businesses find the best deals and the best opportunities to become solar energy consumers.

July 15, 2010

  • AzSMART  |   Video
    • Professor Tim James of ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business explains how the Arizona Solar Market Analysis and Research Tool, or Az SMART, will help people determine the best locations for solar power plants and other renewable energy projects.

July 8, 2010

  • Solar Regulation  |   Video
    • Should companies that install solar panels on school grounds, and sell the power they produce to schools, be regulated as utilities? Chairman of the Arizona Corporation Commission Kris Mayes explains the Commission’s recent decision on the issue.

February 23, 2010

  • New Solar Power Plant  |   Video
    • The City of Phoenix has awarded a contract to Tessera Solar for a new 250-megawatt solar power plant to be located at the city’s landfill in Buckeye. It will be able to provide power to 50,000 homes. Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon and a representative of Tessera Solar will discuss the project.

November 16, 2009

  • Solar Company Moves to Arizona  |   Video
    • Chinese solar panel manufacturer Suntech Power Holdings has announced plans to build a manufacturing plant in Arizona. Barry Broome, President and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council talks about ongoing efforts to lure renewable energy companies, like Suntech, to Arizona.

October 6, 2009

  • LightWorks Research Initiative  |   Video
    • Meet former BP Pacific and BP China President Gary Dirks who has been selected by ASU as director of LightWorks, a new initiative to position the university as a leader in solar power and other light-inspired research.

September 24, 2009

  • Solar Power Trip  |   Video
    • Members of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council traveled to Germany to encourage solar companies there to relocate to Arizona. Barry Broome of GPEC discusses the trip.

September 7, 2009

  • Economic Growth: A HORIZON Special  |   Video
    • Growing jobs with the sun and science. We’ll take a look at Arizona’s new tax incentive bill for solar companies that becomes law Sept. 30th, efforts to recruit solar companies to Arizona, and the challenges facing a Tempe based biotech company as it tries to move from start-up to commercial success.

July 21, 2009

  • Solar Jobs  |   Video
    • Hear from representatives of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council and the Arizona Department of Commerce who are back from a solar trade show in San Francisco where they were trying to recruit solar companies to set up shop in Arizona. They hope a bill recently signed by the Governor will help them accomplish their mission.

June 15, 2009

  • Solar Jobs Bill  |   Video
    • Senator Barbara Leff talks about SB 1403, a bill she’s sponsoring that provides tax incentives to solar companies that locate their headquarters or manufacturing facilities in Arizona.

April 29, 2009

  • Solar Business Incentives  |   Video
    • Details of a bill, awaiting action by state lawmakers, that’s designed to encourage renewable energy manufacturers to move to Arizona.

April 6, 2009

  • Science Special: Solar Energy  |   Video
    • SRP engineer Joel Dickinson explains how a solar project is helping to cool the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs office.

February 16, 2009

  • Science Special: Solar Energy  |   Video
    • SRP engineer Joel Dickinson explains how a solar project is helping to cool the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs office.

February 3, 2009

  • Corporation Commission  |   Video
    • The Arizona Corporation Commission's new chairperson, Kris Mayes, talks about the commission's responsibilities and her top priority - to make Arizona a leader in renewable energy.

July 9, 2008

  • solar Energy  |   Video
    • Arizona has plenty of sunshine, but does it have what it takes to become a leader in solar energy?

April 25, 2007

April 26, 2006

  • Power Hungry: Alternatives
    • Part three For more than 20 years Arizona has been one of the leading states in research and development of solar power. How does it work? And how accessible is it to consumers? A solar energy consumer helps us understand the importance of the technology.

July 27, 2005

  • Energy Demands
    • We hit a record for electricity demand last month and are just now coming into the usual normal summer energy-use peak time. HORIZON reports on the summer energy demand. Plus, the Arizona Corporation Commission has a proposal to increase the amount of renewable energy required of the state's utilities from 1.1 percent to 15 percent. It's controversial because solar, natural gas and other renewable energy costs more. Given our state's growth, the state agency says it is necessary. Guests include Corporation Commissioner Kris Mayes.

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