FACEBOOK SWITCHES TO PENINSULA CLEAN ENERGY’S ECO100

Press Release

REDWOOD CITY and MENLO PARK, California, September 21, 2017 – Social media company Facebook switched all electric accounts at its Menlo Park headquarters to Peninsula Clean Energy’s ECO100 option, making Facebook the largest participant in Peninsula Clean Energy’s 100% renewable energy option.

Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE) is San Mateo County’s electric supplier, formed as a Joint Powers Authority of all 20 cities in the county. PCE launched in October 2016, and began serving large customers in April 2017. Facebook is the largest corporate customer in the county to enroll in ECO100.

PCE customers are automatically enrolled in ECOplus, and may opt-up to ECO100 if they choose. ECOplus provides 50% renewable and 80% greenhouse gas emissions free, at a generation rate that is priced 5% less than PG&E. PCE’s ECO100 option is 100% renewable and 100% greenhouse gas emissions free that is priced at a slight premium.

“We are so excited to have Facebook, a leader in sustainability and one of our largest customers, buying 100% renewable energy from our ECO100 sources” said PCE CEO Jan Pepper. “All of our power is sourced directly from power plants that deliver into California, and in 2016 our ECO100 supply was from 100% wind power.”

“Facebook is committed to being a good neighbor and that includes reducing its potential impact on the environment,” said Lauren Swezey, Facebook Sustainability and Community Outreach Manager. “We’re excited to enroll in Peninsula Clean Energy’s ECO100 energy option, which will reduce our carbon footprint and help Menlo Park reach its local climate action goals.”

There are over 4,200 customer accounts enrolled in ECO100. The resulting avoided annual greenhouse gas emissions are the equivalent to the carbon sequestered by over 34 thousand acres of U.S. forests in one year.

About Peninsula Clean Energy

Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE) is San Mateo County’s official electricity provider. PCE is a public, locally-controlled community choice energy program that provides all electric customers in San Mateo County the choice of having electricity supplied from clean, renewable sources at competitive rates. The Peninsula Clean Energy Authority, formed in March 2016, is a joint powers authority made up of the County of San Mateo and all 20 cities in the County. PCE serves approximately 300,000 accounts.

 

About Facebook

Founded in 2004, Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. People use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family, to discover what’s going on in the world, and to share and express what matters to them.

 

 

Peninsula Clean Energy Contact

Dan Lieberman

dlieberman@peninsulacleanenergy.com

650-395-9190

 

Facebook Contact

Jamil Walker

jamilw@fb.com

650-785-5818

Solar Parking Canopies going up fast at Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa

If you have visited the Kaiser medical center on Bicentennial Way in Santa Rosa recently, you will have noticed that parking is temporarily a bit trickier with a large chunk of the spaces roped off while gleaming solar parking canopies are being installed.

This is a wonderful reason to temporarily lose parking and we applaud Kaiser for making this investment. Solar parking canopies are a win/win for electricity customers as well as motorists who can park in shade and avoid that dreadful experience of entering an oven-hot car during the warm months. There is even an “icing on the cake” greenhouse gas benefit gained by avoiding the fuel use needed to cool down a hot car with the AC cranked to Category 5 force.

I snapped the photo for this brief blog on my last visit and took the time to ask one of the workers a quick question… will electric vehicle (EV) charging stations be integrated into the installation? I was surprised by the response. “You are the 100th person that has walked up and asked that question.” Unfortunately the answer was “no.”

So, even though that worker was exaggerating, I am clearly not the only one who cares. In fact, I always notice EVs when I am at Kaiser, so yes, people who visit there would probably make daytime use of them. In fact, this is an important consideration due to the fact that daytime is when the sun is shining and the cars can charge on sunshine. And, Kaiser could promote employee adoption of EVs if for no other reason the health benefits of tailpipe exhaust-free transportation.

It’s great to see these structures, and similar ones under construction at Santa Rosa parking garages, going up. The planning and construction period is the optimal time to consider including other technologies that enhance the value of solar. Integrating EV charging and/or storage into the construction financing and closing down the parking for construction once instead of twice is the efficient way to go financially and logistically. The revenues accrued by EV charging can be shared with the host (Kaiser) and the electric service provider to recoup the installation cost over time.

Solar is no longer a siloed technology; it has evolved to what we call Solar-Plus. It is now considered a component of what is known as Distributed Energy Resources where multiple energy technologies are integrated in an optimized deployment. Solar combined with smart technology, onsite energy storage, and EV charging, is the way to go. With a mission to get 140,000 EVs on the road in Sonoma County by 2030 to help meet emissions reduction goals, future commercial solar parking canopy project developers, commercial & industrial customers, and electricity service providers should take a close look at this kind of integrated deployment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How the City Goes Green

According to Peter Gallotta, Public Relations and Information Coordinator at San Francisco’s Department of the Environment, San Francisco has a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. To that end, reaching renewable energy goals of achieving 50 percent renewable electricity supply by 2020, and 100 percent by 2030 “are the core to achieving these targets,” says Galotta.

“We know that to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, we will need a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from the energy and transportation we use,” Gallotta said.

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission aims to have at least a 50 percent renewable energy supply by 2020. SFPUC provides retail drinking water and wastewater services to the city, wholesale water to three Bay Area counties, and green hydroelectric and solar power to municipal departments.

As the city’s municipal power utility, SFPUC also provides electrical services to select local residential and business communities, and owns and operates the Hetch Hetchy Power System, which is San Francisco’s clean energy backbone. This power system supplies clean energy to all of San Francisco’s municipal facilities, services and customers.

SFPUC’s diverse energy portfolio features a zero greenhouse gas emission profile. Charles Sheehan, a spokesperson for SFPUC, describes San Francisco’s increasing reliance on clean energy as “a tool that empowers our city,” he said.

CleanPowerSF is San Francisco’s Community Choice Aggregation scheme, which is part of a state program that allows cities and counties to partner with their investor-owned utility to deliver cleaner energy to residents and businesses. Since May 2016, PG&E in San Francisco has delivered CleanPowerSF’s Green service to select parts of the city, and will continue to enroll customers by neighborhood through 2019.

The Greenservice contains at least 40 percent renewable energy that meets California’s strict Renewable Portfolio Standards. CleanPowerSF also offers SuperGreen service, which contains 100 percent renewable energy and provides customers an easy way to eliminate the carbon footprint from their electricity service.

“Signing up for CleanPowerSF is one of the single greatest actions a San Francisco resident can take to reduce their carbon footprint and address the climate crisis,” said Galotta.

Sheehan said San Francisco may have been the first city or county to start a Community Choice Aggregation program, which he says is now “becoming the preferred method.” He acknowledged the start of the Community Choice Aggregation program itself as a challenge.

“There are always operational challenges,” Sheehan added.

Thinking of the importance of sustainable energy, Sheehan said that it “starts with the individual, (and) it starts with our own city.”

Meanwhile, Tailpipe emissions from cars and trucks represent 46 percent of San Francisco’s greenhouse gas footprint. Gallotta added that the shift to renewable energy “not only reduces emissions in our building energy use, but it also creates opportunities to decarbonize how we move people and goods.”

The state of California has a goal of 1.5 million zero emission vehicles by 2025, and is working to establish incentives that promote electric vehicle adoption and encourage electric vehicle drivers to charge when renewable electricity supply on the grid is high. Today, San Francisco’s electricity grid is 44 percent renewable.

“Powering electric vehicles on renewable energy sources can significantly reduce carbon emissions and human health impacts from air pollutants,” Gallotta said.

Additionally, San Francisco’s Transit-First Policy prioritizes travel by public transit, bicycle and on foot “to create a healthier, more livable community.” Gallotta said San Francisco has worked to ensure that 50 percent of all trips made to, from and within the city are via sustainable modes of transportation by 2017.

The Bay Area’s bike share program, Ford GoBike, also helps ensure greater access to carbon-free mobility options. Gallotta said the program helps “reduce congestion, better connect neighborhoods to each other, and provide vital ‘last mile’ connection for public transportation.”

How the City Goes Green, by Jamauri Bowles, The Bay City Beacon, September 19, 2017.

Sonoma County Agencies Expand “Do It Yourself Energy & Water Savings Toolkits”

Energy and Water Savings Toolkits to be Available at All Sonoma County Libraries

(Santa Rosa, CA) The partnership between the Sonoma County Library, the Sonoma County Energy and Sustainability Division, the Sonoma County Water Agency and Sonoma Clean Power is expanding the “Do It Yourself” (DIY) Energy and Water Savings Toolkits to be available at all Sonoma County library branches as part of a program promoting energy and water efficiency.

The toolkits will be available for checkout starting September 11, 2017 at the following library branches: Central Santa Rosa, Cloverdale, Guerneville, Healdsburg, Northwest Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Rincon Valley, Rohnert Park-Cotati, Roseland, Sebastopol, Sonoma Valley, and Windsor.

The DIY Toolkits will be available for Sonoma County Library cardholders to check out for up to three (3) weeks. They provide tools and information enabling cardholders to perform home upgrade projects such as weather-stripping windows and doors, monitoring electrical use, determining water leaks, and switching to LED lightbulbs.

“We hope that after checking out the toolkits, residents will be inspired to do more advanced energy efficiency upgrades,” said Nelson Lomeli, Program Specialist with Sonoma Clean Power. “The County of Sonoma’s Energy and Sustainability Division, a partner in this effort, is a great resource available to residents looking to do more home upgrades.”

The expansion comes after a successful ten-month pilot in Guerneville, Sebastopol, and Central Santa Rosa library locations that proved to be incredibly popular with patrons.

“I am excited about continuing this partnership and the opportunity our residents have in gaining the knowledge and tools of energy efficiency through the Toolkit Program at their local library,” said Sonoma County Library Interim Director, Tracy Gray.

In coordination with the launch of the program expansion, a series of home energy and water savings workshops will be offered at library branches throughout the County.  To find out more about the workshop dates visit, http://sonomacountyenergy.org/home-energy-workshops/ or call the Energy and Sustainability Division office at (707) 565-6470.

More information about the DIY Toolkits can be found at www.sonomacleanpower.org/diy-toolkit, or in person by going into a participating library branch.

Sonoma County Agencies Expand “Do It Yourself Energy & Water Savings Toolkits”Sonoma Clean Power, September 13, 2017.

Clean Energy Transition Receives Positive Response, Few Opting Out

The vast majority of Los Altos and Mountain View residents transitioned into Silicon Valley Clean Energy’s GreenStart program without lifting a finger.

That’s because the GreenStart electricity option, touted as 100 percent carbon-free and 50 percent from renewable energy sources, is the default program residents and businesses automatically enrolled in between April and July – unless they specifically opted out. It’s one of two programs offered by SVCE, a community-owned energy provider that buys electricity from clean energy sources and sells to customers. PG&E still delivers the electricity over existing utility lines and continues to handle maintenance, billing and customer service.

Most Santa Clara County cities, including Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, have signed on to SVCE.

According to SVCE officials, residents in the GreenStart program save 1 percent on their electricity bills while at the same time helping the environment. Those who want to be even more environmentally conscious can enroll in SVCE’s GreenPrime program, which draws 100 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources and costs $3-$5 more per month.

Renewable energy comes from sources that can be replenished, such as solar and wind. Carbon-free sources – like hydroelectricity – do not emit carbon into the atmosphere.

Steve Attinger, environmental sustainability coordinator for the city of Mountain View, said a small minority of customers opted out of SVCE completely and remained with PG&E, which derives 33 percent of its electricity from renewable sources.

“The overwhelming reason for their opting out is simply because they were put in the program automatically,” Attinger said.

But according to Pamela Leonard, community outreach manager for SVCE said, the agency “had customers re-enroll after learning more about SVCE and our benefits.”

California’s Community Choice Aggregation law requires SVCE to be the default provider. The law allows cities and counties to buy their own electricity, which led to SVCE’s formation.

Clean Energy Transition Receives Positive Response, Few Opting Out, by Bruce Barton, The Los Altos Crier, September 13, 2017.

Canadian Solar Subsidiary Recurrent Energy Inks 100 Megawatt Power Purchase Agreement with Peninsula Clean Energy

REDWOOD CITY, California and GUELPH, Ontario, Canada, September 12, 2017 – Recurrent Energy and Peninsula Clean Energy (“PCE”) today announced a 15-year Power Purchase Agreement (“PPA”) for 100 megawatts of new solar power. Recurrent Energy is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Canadian Solar, Inc. (the “Company”, or “Canadian Solar”) (NASDAQ: CSIQ), and PCE is the community choice energy agency serving San Mateo County.

Electricity will be delivered to PCE from Recurrent Energy’s Mustang Two solar photovoltaic project in Kings County, in central California. The project is expected to reach commercial operation in 2019. Following commercial operation, the project will begin delivering power to PCE pursuant to the terms of the PPA.

“With this project, PCE has contracted for over 300 megawatts of clean, renewable energy from new facilities that are being built specifically to serve our customers in San Mateo County,” said Jan Pepper, CEO of PCE. “Recurrent Energy is an excellent partner for communities like ours that want access to cost-effective, clean electricity from California.”

“We are proud to help PCE meet their customers’ growing demand for clean energy,” said Dr. Shawn Qu, chairman and chief executive officer of Canadian Solar. “This contract is an important part of growing our future U.S. project development pipeline.”

The Mustang Two solar project has a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Ironworkers, Carpenters, Laborers, and Operating Engineers for the construction of the solar project. It is expected to have a peak construction labor force of approximately 400 workers.

About Peninsula Clean Energy

Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE) is San Mateo County’s official electricity provider. PCE is a public, locally-controlled community choice energy program that provides all electric customers in San Mateo County the choice of having electricity supplied from clean, renewable sources at competitive rates. PCE’s default option, ECOplus, is 50% renewable and 75% greenhouse gas emissions free, at a generation rate that is priced 5% less than PG&E. PCE’s ECO100 option is 100% renewable and 100% greenhouse gas emissions free. The Peninsula Clean Energy Authority, formed in March 2016, is a joint powers authority made up of the County of San Mateo and all 20 cities in the County. PCE serves approximately 300,000 accounts.

About Recurrent Energy

Recurrent Energy is a leading utility-scale solar project developer, delivering competitive, clean electricity to large energy buyers. Based in the U.S., Recurrent Energy is a wholly owned subsidiary of Canadian Solar, Inc. and functions as Canadian Solar’s U.S. project development arm. Recurrent Energy has more than 4 GW of solar projects in development in the U.S. Additional details are available at www.recurrentenergy.com.

About Canadian Solar, Inc.

Founded in 2001 in Canada, Canadian Solar is one of the world’s largest and foremost solar power companies. As a leading manufacturer of solar photovoltaic modules and a provider of solar energy solutions, Canadian Solar has a geographically diversified pipeline of utility-scale power projects in various stages of development. In the past 16 years, Canadian Solar has successfully delivered over 22 GW of premium quality modules to over 100 countries around the world. Furthermore, Canadian Solar is one of the most bankable companies in the solar industry, having been publically listed on NASDAQ since 2006. For additional information about the company, follow Canadian Solar on LinkedIn or visit www.canadiansolar.com.

Canadian Solar’s Safe Harbor/Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release regarding the Company’s expected future shipment volumes, gross margins, business prospects and future results, are forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. These statements are made under the “Safe Harbor” provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by such terms as “believes,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “intends,” “estimates,” the negative of these terms, or other comparable terminology. Factors that could cause actual results to differ include general business and economic conditions and the state of the solar industry; governmental support for the deployment of solar power; future available supplies of high-purity silicon; demand for end-use products by consumers and inventory levels of such products in the supply chain; changes in demand from significant customers; changes in demand from major markets such as Japan, the U.S., India and China; changes in customer order patterns; changes in product mix; capacity utilization; level of competition; pricing pressure and declines in average selling prices; delays in new product introduction; delays in utility-scale project approval process; delays in utility-scale project construction; cancelation of utility-scale feed-in-tariff contracts in Japan; continued success in technological innovations and delivery of products with the features customers demand; shortage in supply of materials or capacity requirements; availability of financing; exchange rate fluctuations; litigation and other risks as described in the Company’s SEC filings, including its annual report on Form 20-F filed on April 27, 2017. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, it cannot guarantee future results, level of activity, performance, or achievements. Investors should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. All information provided in this press release is as of today’s date, unless otherwise stated, and Canadian Solar undertakes no duty to update such information, except as required under applicable law.

Peninsula Clean Energy Contact

Dan Lieberman

Director of Marketing and Public Affairs

Tel: +1-650-395-9190

dlieberman@peninsulacleanenergy.com

Canadian Solar, Inc. Contacts

Mary Ma

Senior Supervisor, Investor Relations

Canadian Solar, Inc.

investors@canadiansolar.com

David Pasquale

Global IR Partners

Tel: +1-914-337-8801

csiq@globalirpartners.com

Recurrent Energy Media Relations

Kelley Vendeland

Director, Marketing and Communications

Tel: +1-415-501-9536

PR@recurrentenergy.com

Dan Lieberman

Director of Marketing and Public Affairs

Peninsula Clean Energy

dlieberman@peninsulacleanenergy.com

Cell: 650-395-9190

Visit us at:

www.peninsulacleanenergy.com

Editorial: Legislators should pull plug on last-minute energy bill

California legislators rushed through an energy deregulation bill (AB1890) with insufficient vetting in 1996, swayed by promises that deregulation would lower prices and boost the economy. Six years later, the state was reeling from power shortages and skyrocketing prices that were caused in no small part by craven opportunists such as Enron that manipulated a vulnerable market.

The lesson of AB1890 could not be clearer: Haste and an overabundance of trust in sophisticated interests can lead to disaster.

Lawmakers need to heed that lesson as they consider the sudden introduction of a scheme that would extend California’s power grid to five other states. It’s being advertised as a way to both lower costs and to help the state meet its ambitious clean-energy goals.

Sound familiar?

“It’s exactly the same” as the approach of the 1996 deregulation bill, said Loretta Lynch, a former state Public Utilities Commission president. “It’s all about ‘Trust us, we know better.’ It’s built on faith, hope and false promises.”

The two new bills (AB813 and AB726), authored by Assemblyman Chris Holden, D-Pasadena, and pushed by Gov. Jerry Brown, should be rejected on process alone. They certainly violate the spirit of Proposition 54, which requires a bill to be in print for at least three days before passage. The session ends Friday, and the Senate and Assembly agendas are thick with other pressing matters.

The regionalization of the energy grid should merit close scrutiny and a robust public debate, not a rubber stamp. Critics include environmental and consumer groups that warn the legislation would lead to California ceding control of its electricity system to other states. Lynch noted that the U.S. Supreme Court and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission have ruled that such regional systems fall under federal control.

Proponents have argued that the regional system could save up to $1.5 billion a year by putting California in a more coordinated network for sharing electricity.

The bottom line is there is no compelling reason for legislators to rush this through in the last days of session. It can wait for their return in January.

If a regional grid truly is a good idea — and we’re not precluding that possibility — it will still be seen as a good idea after going through the hearings, expert input and due diligence Californians should demand from their Legislature.

This commentary is from The Chronicle’s editorial board. We invite you to express your views in a letter to the editor. Please submit your letter via our online form: SFChronicle.com/letters.

Let your voice be heard

Urge your elected representatives to reject AB813 and AB726. You can find their names and contact information by typing in your address at http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/

Editorial: Legislators should pull plug on last-minute energy bill, by Chronicle Editorial Board, San Francisco Chronicle, September 12, 2017.

Drive Electric—Battery-Powered Vehicles Event in Santa Rosa CA

A solar farm could not have produced as much energy as the array of electric cars on display today in Old Courthouse Square, Santa Rosa, California. The event sponsored by Sonoma Clean Power attracted local dealerships of Chevrolet, Tesla, Kia, Ford, Nissan, BMW, Mercedes and Volkswagen.

Alongside the glitz and glamour sat the practical side of electric vehicle ownership. Sonoma Clean Power has expanded Drive EverGreen which offers incentives and rebates that reduce the cost of an Electric Vehicle by thousands of dollars.

Other local nonprofits, Center for Climate ProtectionCitizens ‘ Climate Lobby, and the Sierra Club presented ways to support renewable energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The message is clear. Electric Vehicles are the future. Drive On!

Read more

Drive Electric—Battery-Powered Vehicles Event in Santa Rosa CASonoma Clean Power, September 11, 2017

MCE Has Mustered a Lot of Green Power

 

In a recent letter from a San Rafael resident, a claim was made that so far Marin Clean Energy “has been a complete failure … at increas(ing) the amount of renewable energy on the grid.”

The fact is that all electric utilities, including MCE, have been purchasing their new capacity from independent producers. So while MCE does not directly own any generating capacity, it has implemented programs that encourage the creation of solar-generating capacity in a wide spectrum of ways.

It pays homeowners more than PG&E does for their excess solar generation, and offers similar incentives for the installation of large solar projects throughout its service area and beyond.

This paper has reported on solar installations contracted to MCE at the San Rafael Airport, the Buck Institute in Novato and the former Cooley Quarry in Novato.

According to MCE’s website, since its formation it has “813 megawatts of new, California renewable energy online and under development for our customers.”

That is more capacity than most nuclear power plants.

 MCE Has Mustered a Lot of Green Power, by David L. Fiol, Marin Independent Journal, September 7, 2017.

Coldwell Solar, Sonoma Clean Power to Deliver 2 MW of Renewable Energy to Customers

When solar contractor Coldwell Solar and not-for-profit electricity provider Sonoma Clean Power (SCP) break ground for a combined 2 MW of solar energy facility–generating enough power to 600 homes—it will mark the next step in the journey to a clean energy future for Sonoma and Mendocino counties in California.

The groundbreaking will launch construction on the first of two projects that involve power purchase agreements. Under the agreements, Coldwell Solar will lease the property and build, operate and maintain the solar plants and deliver an agreed-upon amount of electricity to SCP.

“We have wanted to add solar energy to our renewable portfolio for several years and today we begin,” said SCP CEO Geof Syphers. “We found a fantastic partner in Coldwell Solar.”

The projects are part of SCP’s ProFIT program that allows private landowners to lease their land to generate utility-scale solar energy and boost the county’s renewable energy portfolio. Two separate 1 MW systems will be online in rural Petaluma by the end of the year.

“Sonoma and Mendocino counties have been leaders in renewable energy and environmental sustainability for decades,” said Tom Cooper, Director of Utility Development for Coldwell Solar. “We look forward to a long and productive relationship.”

A groundbreaking ceremony was held on August 31 at 10:00 AM at 4990 D Street Extension, where construction will begin on the first solar energy system.

Coldwell Solar, Sonoma Clean Power to Deliver 2 MW of Renewable Energy to Customers, by Editors, Electric Light & Power, September 5, 2017.