Big IdeasRENEWABLE ENERGY

POWER UPRENEWABLE ENERGY

Demand for energy will grow faster than the population – and reliable, non-polluting, cost-effective supply is pivotal for sustained economic growth and maintaining living standards. Innovations
in renewable energy technologies that go beyond the familiar initiatives promise true energy independence. Photovoltaic cells will cover roofs, cars, airplanes, schools, businesses and a dizzying variety of devices. Lightweight and ultra-long-lasting batteries will power transportation. Soon vehicles, factories, homes, phones and countless other devices can be powered fossil-free 24/7. Bringing these innovations to market requires careful planning, collective commitment and coordinated action with industry, universities and foundations pooling their best minds and resources.


625,000 EMPLOYEES

IN U.S. RENEWABLE ENERGY SECTOR

ARIZONA IS THE #1 STATE

WITH THE MOST SOLAR ELECTRICITY INSTALLED

ARIZONA IS PIONEERING

RESEARCH OF TWO OF THE MOST PROMISING RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES

60% GROWTH

DEMAND FOR RENEWABLE ALGAE-BASED BIOFUELS BY 2030


Much of the groundbreaking work on renewable energy has already taken place in Arizona. Scientists here are developing new materials that allow the capture and storage of renewable energy even when the sun doesn’t shine or the wind doesn’t blow. Researchers are now turning algae into high-value products and fuel. The task for some in Arizona is to unlock the secrets of plants and mimic photosynthesis to produce a clean, cheap and scalable renewable energy alternative. Others seek marine life energy to support data collection over longer periods and to emulate the hydraulic system of trees to haul water out of the soil without using direct metabolic energy.


With its bountiful supply of sunshine, entrepreneurial momentum and innovative research, Arizona will continue to show the world how to harness renewable energy.

 

Our state also stands tall in the solar industry – the solar panels and solar farms sprouting across Arizona are impressive. With over 300 solar energy companies, major reforms to Mexico’s energy sector, and the potential for California to increase its energy portfolio mandates, Arizona is poised for additional market opportunities.