Business Facilities July/August 2010 : Page 32

ALT ENERGY POWER TEAM With Arizona grabbing top honors in our new state ranking for Alterna-tive Energy Industry Leaders, logic— supported by a cornucopia of major project announcements—dictates that Tucson, AZ takes the crown in the metro version of this category. The self-styled Solar City has shined so brightly in the alternative energy sector that it graced the cover of our April issue [Alternative Energy Arrives]. Here are some activities that nailed the top ranking for Tucson: Tucson today is the U.S. home to NORTH LOUISIANA: TOPPING THE RANKINGS BUSINESS FACILITIES MAGAZINE RANKS: SHREVEPORT/BOSSIER #4 in Motion Picture Industry Growth SHREVEPORT/BOSSIER #3 among Low Cost Manufacturing Centers SOUTHERN BUSINESS & DEVELOPMENT MAGAZINE NAMES: MONROE/WEST MONROE MSA (includes Ouachita & Union) Small Market of the Year V-Vehicle in Ouachita Parish as a Recipient of Excellence in Green Economy Recruitment Awards Foster Farms in Union Parish Agribusiness Deal of the Year Monroe ranks #3 in top 10 cities where home values have increased in 2008. Kiplinger SHREVEPORT/BOSSIER MSA (includes Bossier, Caddo, & DeSoto) Honorable Mention Mid-Market Division Global Strike Command in Bossier Defense Deal of the Year MORE ACCOLADES: Shreveport-Bossier is #1 in cost of doing business. KPMG Competitive Alternatives, 2010, April 2010 some of the world’s leading photo-voltaic manufacturers, including Schletter Inc., which designs and man-ufactures solar mounting systems; Global Solar Energy, the leading man-ufacturer of thin-film CIGS photo-voltaic modules; and SOLON, which like Schletter is German-owned. SOLON’s operation, Arizona’s first for the manufacturing of photovoltaic equipment, could serve as the corner-stone of the growing solar economic development market in Southern Ari-zona. The state’s solar push began a decade ago when the public utility reg-ulator, the Arizona Corporation Com-mission (ACC), began to aggressively pursue solar resources. ACC later announced that 15 percent of regulated utilities’ retail sales must come from renewable energy sources by 2025. Renewable Energy Availability Leaders | phone:318.677.2536 | contact: Kurt Foreman | Funded in part by Louisiana Economic Development #2305 at 32 JULY/AUGUST 2010 1. AUSTIN, TX 2. CHICAGO, IL 3. OAKLAND, CA 4. PORTLAND, OR 5. SEATTLE, WA

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