Tucson CitizenTucson Citizen

Solar technology talk on Tuesday

Citizen Staff Writer



Solar technology is a hot topic in Tucson.

The public is invited Tuesday night to learn about and discuss new developments coming out of the Arizona Research Institute for Solar Energy.

“It’s an exceptionally good time to get involved in solar energy,” said Ardeth Barnhart, co-director of AzRISE.

Federal and state tax credits and rebates from utilities can help offset the cost of residential and business solar systems, she said, and the federal economic stimulus bill may offer even more incentives to go solar.

Barnhart will discuss “Here Comes the Sun – Advances in Solar Energy Solutions” on Tuesday at a University of Arizona Flandrau Science Center science cafe event.

The free event starts at 6 p.m. at Cushing Street Bar & Restaurant, 198 W. Cushing St.

“We’re looking at the potential that Arizona has to develop all kinds of solar energy and some of the wonderful geological features that Arizona has so we can store energy to last past the peak of the day,” she said.

AzRISE is testing the next generations of solar devices here in order to improve efficiency and lower costs, she said.

The testing site is at Tucson Electric Power Co.’s Irvington Road Campus at East Irvington Road and South Alvernon Way, said Joe Salkowski, TEP spokesman.

“We’re looking at how they work in arid environments, and how panels will work in Arizona,” Barnhart said. “We’re increasing our understanding of costs of solar and how we can reduce those costs and make it more affordable.”

AzRISE is looking to add a demonstration component to its solar research and development efforts to determine costs, benefits and potential marketability of new technologies, she said.

The monthly Flandrau science cafes are casual forums where people meet to discuss a particular science topic with a UA scientist in a relaxed atmosphere.


What: University of Arizona Flandrau Science Center science cafe event

When: 6 p.m. Tuesday

Topic: “Here Comes the Sun – Advances in Solar Energy Solutions” by Ardeth Barnhart

Where: Cushing Street Bar & Restaurant, 198 W. Cushing St.

Cost: Free, with food and beverages available for purchase

Our Digital Archive

This blog page archives the entire digital archive of the Tucson Citizen from 1993 to 2009. It was gleaned from a database that was not intended to be displayed as a public web archive. Therefore, some of the text in some stories displays a little oddly. Also, this database did not contain any links to photos, so though the archive contains numerous captions for photos, there are no links to any of those photos.

There are more than 230,000 articles in this archive.

In TucsonCitizen.com Morgue, Part 1, we have preserved the Tucson Citizen newspaper's web archive from 2006 to 2009. To view those stories (all of which are duplicated here) go to Morgue Part 1

Search site | Terms of service