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Renewable energy to power Suns' arena for game

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PHOENIX -- Orange is the dominant color of the Phoenix Suns, but on Sunday they'll go green, when US Airways Center will be powered by renewable energy.

The arena will be using 64,000 kilowatt hours of renewable energy purchased from APS. That is the same amount of energy that would power 1,700 homes for a day.

"They call it the Valley of the Sun for a reason and there's no reason to not take advantage of all that sunshine and converting it into energy," Suns President Jason Rowley said.

"Companies and consumers have an obligation these days to be as green and promote sustainability as much as possible. This is our way and APS' way of promoting that."

Rowley said that the team is committed to using solar energy by having almost 1,000 solar panels covering 17,000 square feet of the parking garage. That array produces energy to power 20 game days for the Suns.

The first 1,000 fans in the door Sunday will receive a reusable tote bag. Tipoff is 6 p.m.

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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.

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