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AriSEIA's News You Can Use
July 1, 2021
Dear Members,

I am delighted to announce the appointment of Christopher Worley to the AriSEIA Board of Directors

Christopher is Director of Public Policy with Sunrun, overseeing policy and government affairs in the Mountain West region. Prior to joining Sunrun, Chris was Director of Rate Design for Vivint Solar, working on rate cases and value-of-solar regulatory proceedings throughout the country. Between 2011 and 2017, he worked on energy policy at the Colorado Energy Office as the Director of Policy and Research, where he oversaw the Office’s legislative and regulatory activities, including participating in over 40 Colorado Public Utilities Commission proceedings and supporting passage of over 30 clean energy bills. 

Prior to that time, Chris worked on energy analysis at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Chris earned his Ph.D. in Mineral and Energy Economics from the Colorado School of Mines. 

"We are excited to have Chris join the AriSEIA Board of Directors," stated Sara Birmingham, AriSEIA Board Member and Secretary. "His breadth of knowledge and expertise in the solar energy industry will prove to be invaluable to the association's membership and the advancement of the industry in Arizona." 

Chris joins existing Board members Court Rich (Vice President), Sara Birmingham (Secretary), Luke Alm (Treasurer), Mark Holohan (Board Member), John Mitman (Board Member), and Jake Bastian (Board Member). 

AriSEIA’s mission is to develop and support policies which create opportunities to advance Arizona’s economy through solar energy and storage. AriSEIA advocates for sustainable job creation in deployment of solar, storage and complementary technologies, and collaborates with all stakeholders to encourage utilization of Arizona’s greatest natural resource, the sun. 

At your service,

Nicole LaSlavic 
AriSEIA Executive Director
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Sine Die - Arizona 2021 Legislative Session Wrap-Up

The Arizona State Legislature adjourned at 4:54 pm on 06/30/2021. For a total of 171 days of session, tied for the third longest session with 1993. This year, 1,774 bills were introduced, the legislature passed 473 of those bills (27%), as of 7/1/2021 the governor has signed 412 of the bills and vetoed 27 bills. This means that 34 bills remain on his desk where he has 10 days (excluding Sundays) to sign, veto or allow the bill to become law without his signature. All legislation has an effective date of September 29, 2021 unless otherwise specified within the legislation. 

This year, AriSEIA actively engaged in a handful of legislative efforts that would have directly impacted the Solar Energy Industry. Read more HERE.

OMCO Solar announced today that it has shipped 1GW of its factory-direct products* over the past year including FIELD-FAST™, CHOICE™ and OMCO ORIGIN™ installed in 30 U.S. states, bringing clean solar energy to farms, schools, factories, municipalities, and utilities. Including 8 GW of contract manufacturing solar products, OMCO Solar now has delivered over 9 GW to the market.

As the nation’s premier manufacturer of solar racking and tracker solutions for community, commercial, industrial and utility-scale projects, OMCO Solar’s expertise stems from decades of steel manufacturing, beginning in 1955 when OMCO Holdings was founded. OMCO Solar introduced its first proprietary mounting product, the FIELD-FAST fixed-tilt racking system in 2017, followed by the launch of its CHOICE direct-bolt mounting system and OMCO ORIGIN factory-direct, single-axis tracker system in 2019.

Read the full release HERE.

*Photo courtesy of Moss Solar
Notable Dates:

  • JULY 13 & 14, 2021 - Arizona Corporation Commission Open Meeting (Agenda will be here)

  • JULY 14, 2021 - JULY 16, 2021 - Energy Storage North America Conference (Visit Website)
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