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Goodyear Named First Arizona Solar Community
While the temperatures – and utility bills – soared during the last couple months of summer, a cluster of Goodyear residents were finding a way to battle the costs of keeping their homes cool.
At least 1,368 households in Goodyear were enjoying their minimal utility bills because they use solar as a renewable energy source. Most of that total included nearly 800 households in PebbleCreek, allowing seniors living on a fixed income during retirement to enjoy the low-cost benefits of solar energy. The high concentration of solar energy use allowed Goodyear to be named recently as an Arizona Solar Community as part of the Arizona Solar Challenge.
The Arizona Solar Challenge is a community solar campaign by Arizona SmartPower that encourages city residents to install solar panels on at least five percent of owner-occupied homes by 2015. Goodyear was the first of 15 cities in the challenge to be named a Solar Community after having 10.5 percent of owner-occupied homes in the city use solar energy – nearly doubling the goal well before the deadline.
“Our citizens have proudly demonstrated they understand the importance of residential solar energy and have invested in a sustainable future,” Mayor Georgia Lord said. “This leadership at the grassroots level in Goodyear has led to the designation we can be proud of by being recognized as an official Arizona Solar Community.”
SmartPower, APS and the City of Goodyear unveiled new road signs on Litchfield Road and PebbleCreek Parkway to commemorate the City’s status as an Arizona Solar Community.
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