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AriSEIA's News You Can Use
January 28, 2021
Dear AriSEIA members,

Have you or your company faced bureaucratic hurdles? Been log jammed by permitting processes? Felt like you’re hitting a brick wall? Well, if so, you are not alone.

AriSEIA has received a handful of concerns from our membership facing just these types of issues. As a result, we have formed a Codes and Permitting Subcommittee and are seeking your participation.

The intent of this subcommittee is to examine the “friendliness” of authorities having jurisdiction (AHJ) in permitting of solar-storage projects. Our mission is to provide an industry resource and perspective to the various jurisdictions to streamline permitting processes, timelines, and fees associated with residential, commercial, or utility-scale projects.

After gathering, AriSEIA membership feedback on relevant permitting experiences, we will pursue top-down conversations with the various AHJ leadership to create a more collaborative, compliance-oriented, and logical strategy for permitting in the state.

Please join the Codes and Permitting Subcommittee, chaired by John Mitman from our Board of Directors, on February 18, 2021 at 3:00 -4:00 pm. Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

We look forward to your participation in the first Codes and Permitting Subcommittee.

Also, if you haven't yet done so, please register HERE for our upcoming Annual Membership meeting which will take place on February 5, 2021 at noon – 1:30 pm MST. More info below.

This is also the last call for our Board of Directors election. The election period will run through TONIGHT, January 28 at midnight, so please make sure to vote if you haven't already done so. If for some reason you do not believe you received the email with voting info, please reach out to me so I may check our records and ensure your voice is counted. I can be reached at Nicole@ariseia.org.


Nicole LaSlavic 
AriSEIA Executive Director 
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Last Call To Register Now: AriSEIA Annual Membership Meeting
Attention AriSEIA Members!

Our Annual Membership Meeting will take place on February 5, 2021 from 12 – 1:30 p.m. This year we will meet virtually and are happy to announce that our Keynote Speaker is Commissioner Anna Tovar. She will provide us with her views on what is occurring at the Corporation Commission and then answer member questions as moderated by our very own Vice President of AriSEIA, Court Rich. The annual meeting will also feature Erin Duncan – Vice President of Federal Affairs to discuss the federal landscape and opportunities under the Biden Administration. Please make sure to save the date and register here.

What: AriSEIA Annual Membership Meeting
When: February 5, 2021 - 12 to 1:30 p.m. MST
Where: Virtual

We look forward to connecting with all of our members at this important meeting.
Update On HB2248/SB1175 & AZ Clean Energy Rules
If you missed the AriSEIA's call to action regarding HB2248 and SB1175, you can view it HERE and still take action. The bill passed through the Natural Resources, Energy and Water Committee in the House on Tuesday in a 6-4 party line vote and in the Senate NREW Committee yesterday 5-4. You can read more about the bills HERE and listen to a story HERE. If you haven't yet read the Strategen report on the Arizona clean energy rules that was prepared for Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) you can read that HERE.

Our Executive Director, Nicole LaSlavic, testified in opposition to both bills in the House and Senate this week on behalf of AriSEIA members and we will continue to monitor and keep you updated on these bills.
Notable Dates:

  • February 1 - SRP District Board Meeting (Info Here)

  • February 2 - ACC Open Meeting (Agenda Here)

  • February 5 - AriSEIA Annual Membership Meeting (Register Here)

  • February 18 - AriSEIA Codes and Permitting Subcommittee (Register Here)
Local and National Updates
GOP Lawmakers Fast-Tracking Bill Blocking Energy Standards
The Arizona Legislature is fast-tracking a proposed law that would strip state utility regulators of their power to require electric utilities to get more of their power from solar and other clean energy power sources.

Tribes want Biden to balance technology and cultural issues in renewable energy projects
President-elect Joe Biden has pledged that his administration will prioritize renewable energy to reduce greenhouse gases and slow or stop the rapid warming of the planet.

How Solar Panels Could Help Save Struggling Farms
As winter approached in 2018, a curious plot of vegetables planted beneath neat rows of sloping solar panels on stilts at Manzo Elementary School in Tucson was still going strong.

Other Things We're Reading
Become an AriSEIA Member or Renew Today!
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If you are already a member and want to renew, click here. If you are not yet a member, email Nicole to take advantage of our 20% discount new member special!

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