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Calling it unfair — and fearing loss of business — the state’s solar industry rallied at the Capitol today to convince Gov. Jan Brewer to overrule a decision by her Department of Revenue that the rooftop panels they lease to customers are taxable. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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Parent and Child Magazine recently named a school in northern Arizona one of the top 25 coolest schools in America. The STAR School, near Flagstaff and the edge of the Navajo Nation, is the first completely solar powered public charter school in the country. From making its own power, to growing its own food, the school's mission is to be as sustainable as possible. But, as Arizona Public Radio's Justin Regan reports, being off the grid has its challenges.

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar finalized a plan in Las Vegas Friday that allows the Bureau of Land Management to push forward a solar energy program for the Southwestern United States.

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Flagstaff officials fired up a new solar panel installation on Tuesday.

The city has installed 2,000 solar panels spanning 4.3 acres, and has plans for more.

A celebratory crowd gathered to flip the switch on a new solar installation.

The array,  out at the Wildcat Hill Wastewater Treatment Plant will provide 21% of the facility’s needs.

The city is working with an energy developer to offset the high energy costs of running the plant.

This is the first of three planned installations.

President Obama announced seven large solar and wind projects in the west will be expedited.  The announcement comes on the first day of the national clean energy summit. 

Nevada Senator Harry Reid kicked off the renewable energy summit in Las Vegas with a call to replace coal with wind and solar.

"Every year we spend hundreds of millions of dollars buying coal from other states to burn in Nevada," Reid said. "It’s time to make a different choice a choice that brings new clean energy industries and jobs to Nevada, a choice to invest in our own natural resources."