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esVolta scores another win with 38.5 MWh SCE battery contract

Batteries are increasingly becoming big business, particularly in California, and this is leading to the growth of a new class of energy storage start-ups. One of the companies that is scaling rapidly is esVolta. The company only formed at the end of 2017, coming out of the gate with the acquisition of 116 megawatt-hours (MWh) […]

The solar industry approaches a ‘new frontier’ in the California desert

A long-awaited energy revolution is beginning to take shape in the vast open deserts of Southern California. Riverside County is already home to four sprawling solar power plants, stretching across thousands of acres of desert between Palm Springs and the Arizona border. Now three developers have proposed building solar plants with built-in battery storage — meaning they could […]

Los Angeles-Orange County area leads the nation in clean-energy jobs, Inland Empire ranks 16th

The Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana region is the nation’s top metro area for clean-energy jobs and the Inland Empire ranks 16th, according to a study released Tuesday by E2, a national organization of environmental entrepreneurs. The state’s 519,000 clean-energy jobs are heavily focused in metro areas, where more than 430,000 of those jobs are located. The […]

Kaiser Permanente inks 180-MW wind, solar PPA with NextEra Energy

September 11 (Renewables Now) – US health insurance and medical care firm Kaiser Permanente announced on Monday it has signed a contract to buy 180 MW of new wind and solar power from NextEra Energy Resources LLC. The electricity will come from a 131-MW solar photovoltaic (PV) park in California’s eastern Riverside County and a 50-MW […]

To reduce wildfires, Edison seeks $582 million from ratepayers for improvements

In a sweeping effort to reduce the wildfire risk from electric power lines, Southern California Edison said Monday that it wants to spend $582 million for a series of improvements to its grid that likely would mean higher bills for ratepayers. The utility giant’s actions underscore power companies’ growing concerns over their fire liability. In […]

$29 million available for public charging stations in Riverside, other Southland counties

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif.- – A rebate project to increase public access to high-powered charging stations for plug-in electric vehicles throughout Southern California was launched this week in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, it was announced today. Up to $29 million is now available through the Southern California Incentive Project — SCIP — […]

Menifee opts out of community choice aggregation

Menifee City Council voted Wednesday, Aug. 15, to reject an invitation to join a community choice aggregation that would put the management of electricity contracts for citizens in the hands of local city governments. The majority of the meeting, which ran late into the evening Wednesday, was spent discussing the possibility of Menifee entering a […]

Murrieta turns down offer to join CCA

Murrieta City Council at its Aug. 7 meeting opted not to join a new power-buying authority known as a community choice aggregation, or CCA, created by the Western Riverside Council of Governments. Joining the CCA could have saved Murrieta residents 2 percent on their electrical bills, but city leaders felt there were too many unanswered […]

Another solar farm is coming to the California desert. The buyers: cities near the coast.

The year-round sunshine that scorches the open desert east of Palm Springs will help three Southern California cities meet their renewable energy needs starting in 2020 — and some of the electricity will be stored in giant batteries for use after dark. A developer is preparing to build two solar farms, Desert Harvest and Palen, on several thousand […]

Calimesa Council votes against new energy buyer

Following discussion, the Calimesa City Council decided Aug. 6 to keep Southern California Edison as the city’s sole provider of electricity instead of joining a Community Choice Aggregation. According to a feasibility study conducted by Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG), joining the Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) would result in a savings of 3 percent […]