Arizona's solar future is cloudy
Arno Harris, CEO of Recurrent Energy, is getting less enthusiastic about solar in Arizona.
Arno Harris likes Arizona for its solar commitment and ability to develop utility-scale projects, but that opinion is subject to change fairly soon.
Harris is CEO of San Francisco-based Recurrent Energy LLC, which is developing three solar projects ranging from 20 to 60 megawatts in the Arizona desert.
That’s in addition to the two power plants it sold to Duke Energy Renewables in 2011 for an undisclosed amount, and another project that’s producing power for Arizona Public Service Co.
Changes in the way the state is treating solar, particularly at the Arizona Corporation Commission and within the Legislature, are giving Harris and others pause.
“We’ve been very excited about Arizona for a while,” he said. “In the last six months or so, we’ve seen Arizona take steps to make us less enthusiastic.”
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