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New CA report: most rooftop solar being installed in middle-income neighborhoods

The cost of installing solar is falling and Californians of all income levels are now installing solar in their homes. For the first time ever though, middle and low income homeowners are making up the majority of those new installations. “Kevala also analyzed city and county-specific installation data. In Fresno County, long known as a […]

Central California Almond Growers Association Announces Completion of 1MW Solar System

The Central California Almond Growers Association has installed a 1MW solar system in its Kerman, CA facility. “CCAGA’s new solar array will produce approximately 1,845,800 kWh of electricity annually for the association, the equivalent of reducing 1,403 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) — equal to the emissions of over 1.3 million pounds of coal burned […]

Opportunities, Empowerment: SJ Supervisor Candidates Speak on Top Concerns

Candidates for the District 1 seat in San Joaquin County debate, and aside from water, job creation and community empowerment are priorities. “The five candidates answered a handful of questions posed by the League of Women Voters of San Joaquin County, the Stockton Chamber of Commerce and the Associated Students of San Joaquin Delta College.” […]

A California Farmer Who is Preparing for Climate Change

The effects of climate change are starting to impact crop yields in California’s Central Valley. Don Cameron is a farmer, solar power advocate, and leader in the effort to improve groundwater recharge in the Valley. He sees a connection between climate change and the need to plan for responsible groundwater use. “Cameron, who is also a board member of the […]

Energy program spreads through SJ

  “A program that allows homeowners to pay for energy efficiency upgrades over time, without putting money down upfront, became available on Tuesday to residents living in unincorporated San Joaquin County.”   Energy program spreads through SJ, by Alex Breitler, Record, April 19, 2016.

Central San Joaquin Valley Farmers, Packers Bet Big on Solar to Cut Power Costs

Farmers are seeing the benefits of solar both through cost reduction and as a way to fortify their infrastructure to protect against outages. “Solar and agriculture experts say solar is one of the few ways farmers can control rising business costs. Many growers have little to no flexibility in cutting expenses like feed, labor and […]

NPR Host Leads Forum on Climate Change and Inequality

“On March 9, 2016, Maria Hinojosa, host of the cutting edge NPR show Latino USA, came from New York to Sacramento to moderate a panel on Inequality and Climate Change before a live audience.” “The lack of sufficient programs so that low-income residents have access to solar panels for their roofs or neighborhoods and electric […]

2016 On-Site Energy Conference on April 8, 2016

The Clean Energy Cluster along with its sponsors will host the 2016 On-Site Energy Conference on April 8, 2016 Join Clean Power Exchange’s Woody Hastings for a breakout session during the event. Details coming soon!   Breakout sessions Co-generation Energy Storage Solar Food Waste to Energy Featured speakers Paul Hughes, The Wonderful Company Mark McAffee, […]

Editorial: Valley Communities Take Note, Davis Charts Its Own Energy Path

The City of Davis and Yolo County have both voted to take steps towards creating a Community Choice Aggregation program. This program would give residents the choice of cleaner energy sources at lower prices, beginning in less than two years. “The goal is lofty: to provide more renewable energy, decrease greenhouse gas emissions, and give […]

SoCal Edison to Renew County Franchise

Southern California Edison to renew its franchise contract with Kings County to provide electricity to Hanford and Armona for the next 30 years. “In exchange for letting the utility operate, the county gets 2 percent of SCE’s gross annual receipts arising from the utility’s uses under the franchise, which mainly involves the sale of electricity to local […]