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Updated Jan 17, 2014 - 10:57 am

Phoenix unveils two downtown solar arrays

One of the new solar arrays in downtown Phoenix is shown. (City of Phoenix Photo)

PHOENIX -- Solar power panels atop two downtown Phoenix parking garages were unveiled Wednesday.

The sun will power approximately 32 percent of the garages energy needs. Both are located near the intersection of Washington and Adams streets.

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy was on hand for Wednesday's dedication ceremony and said the city is a model for the nation.

"We're here to celebrate that success and spread the word to other municipalities that Phoenix has done well."

With the new panels installed, the city now has more than 15.25 megawatts of installed solar capacity at 26 facilities, which can power more than 3,000 Valley homes.

Mayor Greg Stanton said doing right by the environment is doing right by future generations.

"It also does right by our economy with the energy savings and shows we're serious about building the right kind of jobs."

Stanton also announced that it's his goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions in Phoenix 15 percent by next year.

About the Author

Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.


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