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 annually. CCAGA is also poised to save more than half of their Kerman — K-3 facility’s electricity costs annually with the implementation of the solar project.”

Central California Almond Growers Association Announces Completion of 1MW Solar System, by MARKETWIRED, SYS-CON Media, Inc, May 10, 2016.

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.”

Opportunities, empowerment: SJ supervisor candidates speak on top concerns, by Wes Bowers, recordernet.com, May 2, 2016



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 California State Board of Food and Agriculture, manages more than 7,000 acres of farmland growing a variety of crops from tomatoes and peppers to wine grapes and almonds. He is one of several featured speakers at the upcoming One Nation: Climate Change forum at the Sunnylands Center and Gardens in Rancho Mirage.”

A California farmer who is preparing for climate change, by Ian James, The Desert Sun, April 22, 2016.

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 complying with federal and state regulations.”

Central San Joaquin Valley Farmers, Packers Bet Big on Solar to Cut Power Costs, by Robert Rodriguez, The Fresno Bee, April 16, 2016.

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 vehicles for transportation compound the problem.”

Read more here: NPR Host Leads Forum on Climate Change and Inequality, Hannah Brandt, Community Alliance newspaper, April 3, 2016.  


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
Energy Storage
Food Waste to Energy
Featured speakers
Paul Hughes, The Wonderful Company
Mark McAffee, Organic Pastures
Mary Pitman, Mary’s Free Range Chicken
Woody Hastings


9am to 4pm.
Fresno Pacific University-Visalia Center
245 N. Plaza Drive
Visalia, CA 932901

Cost: $30 per person

Click here to print flyer

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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 residents a break on their electricity bills.

No doubt, there are pitfalls. But community choice energy is worth whatever risk there might be.

Given the number of solar farms in our Valley – and the many more coming – our public officials should examine community choice programs throughout California and determine if they would benefit residents here.”

Editorial: Valley Communities Take Note, Davis Charts Its Own Energy Path, by The Editorial Board, The Fresno Bee, March 20, 2016.

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 customers.”

SoCal Edison to renew county franchise, by Seth Nidever, The Sentinel, April 23, 2016.