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Clean energy programs have helped the Inland Empire’s economy, study says

California’s clean energy programs, including cap-and-trade, have helped the Inland Empire’s economy more than they’ve hurt — that’s the conclusion of a new study from UC Berkeley and the public policy organization Next 10. The state’s cap-and-trade program aims to reduce carbon emissions over time by giving polluters, primarily oil refineries and power utilities, an incentive to reduce their […]

Your power company is still Southern California Edison — for now

Three Coachella Valley cities indefinitely delayed the launch of a new power company, meaning residents of Palm Springs, Cathedral City and Palm Desert are still getting their electricity from Southern California Edison — at least for now. Local officials unexpectedly postponed the launch of Desert Community Energy just before its planned August 1 start date, citing a […]

Riverside to Consider Joining Western Community Energy

Several cities in western Riverside County are considering joining a joint powers authority called Western Community Energy, which will allow them to purchase power from Southern California Edison at slightly lower rates than they would otherwise. Western Community Energy is a community choice aggregation, or CCA. Many local governments throughout California are creating or joining […]

Imperial Irrigation District sues Riverside County over net metering ordinance

In the entire United States, it is unlikely that any county has as many MW of solar installed as Riverside County. The land is flat, open and, most importantly, sunny. These factors have made Riverside a hotspot for utility-grade solar projects, going back to the building of the Solar Energy Generating Systems (SEGS) in the […]

200 MW of solar power energized by 8minutenergy in California

8minutenergy has energized phase 1 and 2, ~200 MW-DC,  of the 328 MW-DC Mount Signal Solar Farm in Calexico, California. The 252 MW-AC facility is scheduled to complete its commissioning by the end of 2018. Mortenson Construction is serving as the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractor for the Mount Signal 3 project, which features […]

Popular rooftop solar program could return to Coachella Valley after getting axed by IID

Riverside County took a big step Tuesday toward ordering the Imperial Irrigation District to bring back a popular rooftop solar program known as net metering, although the county’s legal strategy is likely to be challenged in court. In a 4-0 vote, county supervisors approved an ordinance from Supervisor V. Manuel Perez that would require IID to […]

City of San Jacinto Launches Community Choice Aggregation Program in Partnership with California Choice Energy Authority

On April 1, 2018, the City of San Jacinto launched San Jacinto Power (SJP), a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program which allows the City to purchase and generate electricity for residents and businesses in the San Jacinto community. SJP is now one of four Associate Members of California Choice Energy Authority (CCEA) with an operational […]

The City of Rancho Mirage Launches Community Choice Aggregation Program with Low Opt-Out Rate

Rancho Mirage residents and businesses now have a choice in their electricity provider, and nearly 100 percent of the community has chosen Rancho Mirage Energy Authority (RMEA), the City’s new Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program. Less than 0.5 percent of residents and businesses have opted out of RMEA since the program’s launch on May 1, […]

Sunworks to add 1-MW solar project to San Bernardino mobile home park

Sunworks will install a 1-MW solar system for Meridian Terrace Mobile Home Park, a San Bernardino, California-based mobile home community of 268 homes. The Sunworks solar installation is scheduled for completion in the second half of 2018 and is expected to produce a majority of the property’s electricity needs within its first year of operation. […]

Coachella Valley residents could save $74 per month from California’s new solar mandate

California will require most new homes to have rooftop solar panels starting in 2020 — and Coachella Valley residents could save more money than anyone else in the state. On average, California home buyers are expected to save nearly $10,000 from the solar mandate and other new energy-efficiency rules. New home prices are estimated to rise by […]