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Rancho Cucamonga, Ca – The City of Rancho Cucamonga received the Cool Planet Award for exemplary leadership in energy and carbon management from The Climate Registry and Southern California Edison (SCE). The Cool Planet Award celebrates SCE business customers who implement energy efficiency projects, participate in demand response programs, conduct energy audits, and establish environmental and greenhouse […]
The long and winding road has found its end. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) yesterday released its Record of Decision, authorizing the Palen Solar Project, a photovoltaic facility owned by EDF Renewable Energy, to occupy up to 3,140 acres of BLM-administered lands, approximately 10 miles east of Desert Center, north of Interstate 10, in Riverside […]
Want more coverage of climate change, energy and the environment? Sign up for Climate Point, our weekly email newsletter. The federal government has approved a sprawling solar farm on public lands just outside Joshua Tree National Park, over the objections of environmental groups who say the industrial energy facility will harm wildlife and fragile ecosystems. The Palen solar […]
As California leads the nation’s push to renewable energy, many parts of the state have seen intense development. Leading these regions is California’s Imperial Valley, and perhaps no route been transformed to the same degree as the area along California state route 98 west of Calexico. Here the irrigated green of farmlands gives way seemingly […]
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) […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 — […]