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INSIDEINSIDE 8.8 percent of Goodyear homes harness the sun Solar nexus
by Rachel Trott staff writer
Goodyear is cashing in on Arizona’s 300 days of sun by becoming a state “solar community.” The designation comes from achieving more than 5 percent of owner-occupied homes, which is more than 650 houses using solar power as part of the Arizona Solar Challenge. Currently, Goodyear has already exceeded that goal with at least 8.8 percent of owner-occupied homes harnessing the power of the sun. To celebrate, the city is installing two signs marking Goodyear as a solar community.
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organization Arizona SmartPower, asks cities such as Goodyear, Flagstaff and Yuma to help
The Solar Challenge, initiated by the nonprofit
support and encourage at least 5 percent of owner-occupied homes to use solar power by 2015. “We work with other communities and I can tell you that Goodyear is very high [in homes with solar], they’re one of the leading towns,” State Director Toni Bouchard said. Solar power has many benefits, Bouchard said. Not only does it help decrease the individual customer’s monthly electricity bill, it also has a positive impact on the state economy. “A lot of energy we buy comes from out of state or out of the country, so our energy dollars literally leave our economy immediately,” she explained. “All of the solar installers who are installing solar on homes, they aren’t outsourced
(See Solar on Page 2) View photo by Michael Clawson
A NEW CITY SIGN announcing Goodyear’s status as an “Arizona Solar Community” stands on the west side of Litchfield Road just south of Interstate 10.
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Buckeye songwriter’s music helps fight domestic violence — Page 16.
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Future of land swap deal rests with Litchfield Park
Avondale already OK’d its portion of Wigwam Creek agreement Avondale agreed to consider
by Emily McCann staff writer
Earlier this month, the Avondale City Council approved an intergovernmental agreement that could put a land swap deal with Litchfield Park in motion, and is now waiting for the smaller city to do the same.
The agreement, which is the first step in the process, was on the agenda for Litchfield Park’s Wednesday meeting, but only for executive session.
The city’s next council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Aug. 15 in the Florence Brinton Litchfield Memorial Library, 101 W. Wigwam Blvd. “I would imagine it would go to us this time next month,” Litchfield Park Mayor Tom Schoaf said. The deal has been years in the making and involves Litchfield Park’s de-annexing a strip of land so Avondale can take on a community that currently sits on a county island.
annexing the Wigwam Creek South community, between Camelback and Indian School roads, east of Dysart Road and west of El Mirage Road, after residents approached the city in 2008. Before it can do so, legal actions need to be taken and Litchfield Park has to relinquish land on the northern boundary of the community along
(See Land swap on Page 5) Dale Hausner
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ANNALISA MENDEZ, a 14-year- old from El Mirage, is helped into a tiara by Sandra Molina at a dress shop in Avondale July 5. Annalisa is planning her quinceañera, a rite of passage held on a girl’s 15th birthday to mark her transition from childhood to womanhood. See the story on Page 12.
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