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Report: Phoenix Among Top Cities For Solar

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(Photo by Martin Abegglen - CC BY 2.0)
Arizona earns one of the top spots in rooftop solar energy because of its sunny skies and incentives offered by utility companies.

Phoenix is again one of the top cities for solar power in the country, according to a report released Wednesday.

Only San Diego and Los Angeles beat out Phoenix for the most-installed solar capacity. The ranking takes into account commercial scale installations and residential ones, as well as amount of solar per capita. It’s the third year in a row Phoenix came in third.

The report comes from the advocacy group Environment Arizona. Jenifer Wong is with the organization and credits initiatives like city-sponsored residential financing programs.

“We do think the city of Phoenix has the potential to do a lot more in terms of supporting forward-thinking programs and policies like net metering and also just setting a higher goal for renewable energy,” she said.

Net metering reimburses rooftop solar customers hooked up to the grid at retail rates for the excess power they generate. Many utilities are now pushing back, calling it an unsustainable subsidy.

Will Stone grew up with the sounds of public radio. As a senior field correspondent, he strives to tell the same kind of powerful stories that got him into the business — whether that means trudging through some distant corner of the Sonoran Desert or uncovering an unknown injustice right down the street. Since joining the KJZZ newsroom in 2015, he has covered political scandals, fights over the future of energy, and efforts to care for some of Arizona’s most vulnerable communities. His pieces have also aired on national programs like Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Here & Now and Marketplace. Before coming to KJZZ, he reported for public radio stations in Nevada and Connecticut. Stone received his degree in English literature from Haverford College, where he also wrote about the arts and culture scene in Philadelphia. After graduating, he interned at NPR West in Culver City, California, where he learned from some of the network’s veteran reporters and editors. When he doesn’t have a mic in hand, Stone enjoys climbing mountains, running through his central Phoenix neighborhood and shamelessly promoting his cat, Barry.