Arizona Energy Stimulus Funding
The Arizona Department of Commerce received $129,097,188.00 from the American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act, which was used to fund the Arizona Department of Commerce Energy programs listed at the
bottom of this page.
Since April 2009 these programs have successfully created 29 jobs and the opportunity to increase
the number of green collar jobs in Arizona is profound.
The primary objective of the "Go Solar in Arizona" initiative is to help foster this economic
development and job creation by conducting
Energy Efficiency/Solar Town Hall Meetings. Conducting town hall meetings is one of the most
cost-effective way to reach customers in the communities where they live and breathe.
Well thought out marketing events such as the town hall meetings are instrumental in stimulating
interest, providing education and increasing the demand for solar, energy efficiency and weatherization
installations. Building strong demand for alternative energy products and services will
facilitate a green economy in Arizona.
Most consumers have heard about the benefits of energy efficiency and solar, but many still
have unanswered questions. Answering important questions like how much does it cost, how much
of the expense do incentives cover and understanding what their final out-of-pocket costs should
be will help more customers to say "yes" to solar, energy efficiency and weatherization
Where else in America will the combination of incentives, rebates and tax credits pay for
75% of equipment and installation costs? Right now even low-income residents in Arizona have
the opportunity to put solar on their rooftops with no out-of-pocket costs through lease
Providing customers with answers to their simple questions will remove the fear, uncertainty and
doubt and help them make a smart purchase decision. The town hall meetings are the perfect forum
to facilitate this type of communication.
Creating strong customer demand serves the same function as pouring the foundation for the entire
renewable energy industry supply chain pyramid.
Customer installations increase the demand for solar/energy
efficiency products from retailers/value-added resellers. Resellers demand lower pricing from
distributors, which are placing larger and larger orders from international manufacturing companies.
Manufacturing companies are always ready to meet demand and cut costs by moving closer to the
source of business.
The resulting economic development and job creation will far exceed the need for just solar
and energy efficiency installation crews. It will provide a clear transition path for many
different existing professions such as construction, finance, sales, marketing, and distribution
that all will be needed to build a renewable energy industry in Arizona.
Arizona Department of Commerce Energy Programs
Source: Governor Jan Brewer's Office of Economic Recovery. Data collected from February 17 through September 30, 2009.