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
Impact of Solar Generation upon Arizona’s Energy (Electricity) Security (November 2011)
Energy Sector Technology (August 2011)
Market-Based Incentives (November 2010)