October 2011

The Arizona Building and Construction Trades Council
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In This Issue
Energy Department Finalizes $337 Million Loan Guarantee to Mesquite Solar 1
Arizona tribes, lawmakers spar in Washington over proposed casino
Behringer Harvard Plans Ground-Breaking for Infrastructure Development at Rio Salado Commerce Park
Stratton Resources Commences Drilling at Its Bear Canyon Copper Project in Arizona
Solar projects in AZ get OK for guarantees
Lawmakers push to lift northern Arizona uranium-mining ban
Solar project approved in GV
US finds perils in Rosemont mine plan
Rosemont given time to come into compliance
Cogenra Solar Announced University of Arizona Solar Project
Massive West Valley development to launch
California PUC approves two SDG&E renewable contracts

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Energy Department Finalizes $337 Million Loan Guarantee to Mesquite Solar 1 for Innovative Solar Power Plant

Sept. 28, 2011DOE Logo


Washington, D.C. - U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced that the Energy Department finalized a $337 million loan guarantee to Mesquite Solar 1, LLC to support the development of an innovative photovoltaic solar generating project. The optimized 150 megawatt (MW) alternating current photovoltaic (PV) solar generation project will be located in Maricopa County, Arizona, approximately 45 miles west of Phoenix. Sempra Energy, the project sponsor, estimates the project will fund up to 300 construction jobs.


"Domestic solar power generation strengthens and diversifies our nation's clean energy portfolio and helps us compete in the global clean energy race," said Secretary Chu. "Continued support for these innovative technologies will help bring down the cost of clean, renewable energy, like solar power, while creating jobs here at home."


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Arizona tribes, lawmakers spar in Washington over proposed casino
Oct. 4, 2011 Tohono O'Odham Nation
Cronkite News

WASHINGTON _ Supporters and opponents of a proposed casino in Glendale accused each other of subverting the system Tuesday as they clashed on a bill that would prevent the Tohono O'odham Nation from building the project. 

Rep. Trent Franks, R-Glendale, told a House Indian and Alaska Native Affairs subcommittee that his bill is the only way to protect a compact among Arizona's tribes to limit casino development in metro Phoenix. He said his bill would prevent extensive "reservation shopping" by tribes creating reservation land within cities.


"If the compact totally dissolves, chaos will result," Franks testified. "There will be reservation shopping all over the state."


Behringer Harvard Plans Ground-Breaking for Infrastructure Development at Rio Salado Commerce Park in Phoenix

Oct. 4, 2011

PR Newswireconstruction helmet and permitting 


Behringer Harvard announced today its plans to break ground within 30 days for the first phase of infrastructure development at Rio Salado Commerce Park, a 65-acre land tract that is the last large parcel remaining in the Sky Harbor area of Phoenix, Arizona.


Financing recently provided by Dallas-based Rafkin Lending will allow Behringer Harvard to begin improvements including grading; the construction of interior roads, utility connections and a storm water drainage system; and lighting, landscaping and signage. Rio Salado Commerce Park can accommodate the development of up to one million square feet of industrial space and users requiring from two to 50 acres. Ryan Construction Company has been engaged to complete site improvements, and available lots will be marketed by Allen Lowe and Jeff Conrad of Lee & Associates. Lots are expected to be available for sale by January 2012.   


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Stratton Resources Commences Drilling at Its Bear Canyon Copper Project in Arizona

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Steel Guru


Stratton Resources Inc announced that it has started drilling at the Bear Canyon copper project located on the prolific Arizona Porphyry Copper Belt. The first phase drill program will consist of 12 diamond drill holes, approximately 200 meters deep. This initial drill program is designed to evaluate Induced Polarization geophysical anomalies defined under and along strike from surface oxide copper occurrences.


The Bear Canyon Property is an early stage exploration project that Stratton holds an option to earn 100% of, subject to a 10% Net Operating Profit. The property is located near the southeastern end of the prolific Arizona Porphyry Copper Belt that extends across Arizona from northern Sonora in Mexico into Nevada. 


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Solar projects in AZ get OK for guarantees
Oct. 9, 2011DOE Logo
Arizona Daily Star

Two massive solar-energy projects in Arizona that will supply California won final approval for federal loan guarantees by a Sept. 30 deadline, despite controversy over the bankruptcy of loan recipient Solyndra LLC.


Here's a look at the projects that made it:


* Agua Caliente, a 290MW project in Yuma County, received a $967 million loan guarantee in August.


That project, majority owned by NRG Energy to supply PG&E, is under construction with thin-film photovoltaic panels supplied by First Solar. It is expected to go online in 2013.




DC dome and US flagLawmakers push to lift northern Arizona uranium-mining ban
Oct. 12, 2011
Cronkite News

WASHINGTON - Arizona and Utah lawmakers touted a Senate bill Wednesday that would open more than 1 million acres in the northern part of Arizona to new uranium mining.

The Northern Arizona Mining Continuity Act would prevent the Department of the Interior from banning new uranium mines on the land, saying mining could bring hundreds of millions of dollars per year into local economies with minimal environmental risk.

The bill is a response to a temporary ban on new mines in the so-called Arizona Strip - federal lands next to Grand Canyon National Park - a ban that Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has said he would like to extend for 20 years. The department is currently studying the possibility.


Solar 3Solar project approved in GV
Oct. 13, 2011
Kingman Daily Miner

KINGMAN - The Mohave County Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of a unique solar project in Golden Valley Wednesday.

The commission approved a zoning request from Permacity Solar to build a five-megawatt photovoltaic solar plant near Arizona State Prison-Kingman.

According to information provided to the commission, the company plans to partner with the prison to train inmates to help in the construction and maintenance of the plant.

The plant will be built south of the prison and will use local labor and materials from both the prison and the surrounding area. The first phase of the project will only generate about three-megawatts of energy and will require about 40 workers to construct. The company hopes that half of those workers will be inmates from the prison. It will take about six to 12 months to complete the project and the company hopes to start before the end of the year.


US finds perils in Rosemont mine planForest Service supports it but raises air and water issues in impact report
Oct. 13, 2011 Rosemont Copper
Arizona Daily

The U.S. Forest Service says the Rosemont Mine could result in violations of ground-water and air-quality rules, but it continues to say the project should be approved.


In its new draft environmental impact statement, released late Wednesday, the agency says air-quality standards could be compromised, and that the mine's discharges might violate state ground-water quality standards.


The agency recommends that Rosemont Copper place its tailings and waste rock away from a canyon in order to reduce its impact on riparian areas.


The draft impact statement for the proposed 4,400-acre mine in the Santa Rita Mountains southeast of Tucson recommends storing the mine's waste rock and tailings farther to the south and east than the proposal submitted by the company.


Rosemont given time to come into compliance
Oct. 14, 2011 Rosemont Copper
Green Valley News

Rosemont Copper mine's current proposal does not comply with federal and state regulations on air and water quality, the Forest Service said Friday, but the mine will have at least until March to correct its plan.


Approval could be a year away, though Rosemont has been saying the decision is imminent, and no plan will mitigate all environmental impacts, Coronado National Forest Supervisor Jim Upchurch said at a press conference Friday.


Upchurch announced the release of the agency's 1,100-page Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and said it gives the public scientific data with which to make comments over a 90-day comment period that begins Saturday in Sahuarita. Upchurch said he will not make a decision during the first quarter of 2012, a timeline that the agency until recently proposed and one that Rosemont has promoted.


Cogenra Solar Announced University of Arizona Solar Project
Oct. 19, 2011 Solar 3
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Cogenra Solar, which provides distributed solar cogeneration systems and renewable energy service solutions, has announced a new project to build a solar cogeneration array at the University of Arizona (UA), a four-year public research college located in Tucson, Arizona. Once the project is completed, UA will be the first university in the United States to benefit from Cogenra's solar cogeneration solution, which provides both heat and electric energy.


The system will be comprises of 50 Cogenra SunDeck modules located on the roof of Villa De Puente dormitory. Buildings and facilities that consume large amounts of hot water, such as college dormitories for example, are perfectly suited for solar cogeneration solutions. Cogenra reports that he roof-mounted array "will supply hot water and electricity to fuel daily needs such as laundering, showering, cleaning, and lighting for student residents."

Massive West Valley development to launch
Oct. 21, construction helmet and permitting2011
The Arizona Republic

Two Phoenix-area developers, John F. Long Properties and the Alter Group, are planning a massive mixed-use commercial development in the West Valley that will span Phoenix, Avondale and Glendale.

The project is made up of three separate parcels totaling 1,500 acres and likely will take decades to complete, the developers said.

Long Properties has owned much of the land involved in the project for years but did not create specific development plans for it until recently.

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California PUC approves two SDG&E renewable contracts, one PG&E deal
Oct. 20, 2011Electric Grid
San Francisco (Platts)

The California Public Utilities Commission Thursday approved two contracts in which San Diego Gas & Electric is to obtain 150 MW in renewable resources.

The PUC approved a 110-MW photovoltaic, 25-year power purchase agreement between SDG&E and Arlington Valley Solar Energy II. The PV facility is being developed in Arlington, Arizona, and is expected to come online by December 2013.

Also approved was a one-year contract between SDG&E and Silicon Valley Power for 40-MW in geothermal resources from existing facilities in Lake and Sonoma counties, in Northern California.

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