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Eric Fitzer, center, of the Governor’s Office of Energy Policy, told a House committee that a bill that would open public land to renewable energy development could make Arizona the “solar capital of the world” if the state could take advantage of available land. (Cronkite News Service photo by Matthew Seeman)

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Opening lands to renewable energy could make state a 'solar capital'

Arizona could become the "solar capital of the world" if public lands can be made more readily available for renewable energy development, an Arizona official told a House subcommittee Tuesday.