With over 325 sun-drenched days a year, solar opportunities shine here in Mesa. Look below to find information on how to go solar, ways to incorporate energy efficiency into your home, and some additional, yet creative ways to use our abundant sunshine.
Here we also shed some light on how the City of Mesa is improving energy efficiency or offsetting our energy use to reduce our impact on the environment. On Mesa facilities, we have installed over 1.37 Megawatts of locally generated, clean, renewable solar energy. We are continuously looking for opportunities to expand our solar portfolio to pursue a more energy efficient, healthy and sustainable environment for our community.
- Solar rebates for City of Mesa electric customers
- Solar rebates for SRP - currently none are available, but check out the SRP Residential Solar Electric Program.
- Solar & energy efficiency Incentives - What's available from Federal, State & Utility rebate programs.
- How to Go Solar checklist from SRP.
- Arizona Goes Solar - A collaborative led by the AZ Corporation Commission and implemented by the regulated electric utilities in AZ. Note that City of Mesa electric power is not regulated so not included on this page.
- Homeowner's Guide to Going Solar - A great guide on the basics from the U.S. Department of Energy.
- Homeowners Guide to Solar Financing (Leases, Loans & PPAs) from the U.S. Department of Energy.
- Solar Home Challenge - Find blogs & info to explore your solar savings potential
- Solar Contractors - Find a list of local contractors from the Arizona Solar Industries Association.
- Energy Efficiency - Be sure your home is energy efficient before going solar.
HELPFUL SOLAR LINKS
- AZ Solar Energy INDUSTRIES Association (AriSEIA ) - A non-profit trade association representing local solar companies.
- Arizona Solar Center - Learn about local solar news, events and training available.
- American Solar Energy Society has great info to help make the transition to solar power.
- DSIRE (Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency) - Lists state, local, utility and federal incentives and policies that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency.
When Selecting a Contractor
- Better Business Bureau - Check out the company rating by the BBB.
- AZ Registrar of Contractors (AROC) - Check to see if any complaints have been filed against the contractor.
- Before You Hire a Contractor - Find these helpful tips from AROC.
Creative Ways to Use the Sun
Solatube provides natural daylight inside your house which leads to more energy savings. The system is easy to install and usually takes about two hours by a professional.
Solar Cookers - Learn more from a Mesa blogger and author about how it can be a fun and engaging to use the power of the sun to cook your next meal. At full capacity, the solar oven cooks meals in about the same amount of time it takes for a conventional oven.
Soil solarization is a non-chemical way to eliminate weeds and diseases in garden or landscape soil. By using clear polyethylene plastic to cover the soil, the sun's heat penetrates the plastic and heats the soil to the high temperatures needed.
- Solar clothes dryers can be as simple as 20-feet of rope and some clothes pins. Check out this Project Laundry List facebook site for great ideas.
Solar at Mesa Facilities
Solar Portfolio of 1.37 Megawatt
- Fire Station 219 - 5 kW, photovoltaic roof mount and a solar hotwater system.
- Fire Station 220 -15 kW, photovoltaic roof mount.
- Brown Road - 70 kW concentrated photovoltaic structures with dual tracking.
- Red Mountain Police Department - 169 kW, photovoltaic parking shade structure.
- Police Department & Fire Station 212 - 189 kW, photovoltaic parking shade structure.
- Fiesta Police Department - 272 kW, photovoltaic parking shade structure.
- Red Mountain Multigenerational Center - 294 kW, photovoltaic parking shade structure.
- Red Mountain Library - 352 kW, photovoltaic parking shade structure.