AZ SMART is a unique educational tool that crosses silos of issues to seamlessly produce an integrated macro-view of the impact of new utility-scale generation solar installations in the State of Arizona from a siting, environmental and economic perspective, including some transmission overview.
AZ SMART facilitates sound utility-scale decision-making by:
- Building consensus on policies needed to build a solar energy economy;
- Pinpointing cost, geographic, economic, and environmental conditions for solar project viability;
- Accelerating the permitting and siting of scalable projects;
- Reducing the risks associated with solar projects;
- Making government agencies more responsive to permitting requests;
- Encouraging stakeholder agreement about utility-scale solar projects and the associated transmission infrastructure.
Working in partnership with the School of Electrical, Computing and Energy Engineering, plus other multi-disciplinary stakeholders at ASU and the University of Arizona, this three year research project was supported by many high-profile organizations, including APS, Science Foundation Arizona, SRP, TEP, and other solar energy stakeholders.
To learn more about Az SMART, please visit azsmart.org
Energy Sector Technology (August 2011)
Market-Based Incentives (November 2010)