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Humboldt Bay Harbor District Commissions Rooftop Solar

Standard Solar, Inc., a leading solar energy company specializing in the development and financing of solar electric systems nationwide, today announced the completion of a solar project in Eureka, California in partnership with the Humboldt Bay Harbor District. The 717 kilowatt rooftop solar array,commissioned and financed by Standard Solar, will also be operated and maintained by the company. […]

RCEA celebrates first year of community choice energy

Happy belated birthday Redwood Coast Energy Authority community choice energy program! It’s a little late because the energy program — which Humboldt County energy consumers were switched to with the aims of lowering energy bills modestly and put an emphasis on using local, renewable energy — went online at the beginning of last May, but […]

Standard Solar Completes Project At Decommissioned Power Plant

Standard Solar Inc. has completed a solar project in Eureka, Calif., in partnership with the Humboldt Bay Harbor District. The 717 kW rooftop solar array, commissioned and financed by Standard Solar, will also be operated and maintained by the company. The district is expected to save $48,500 annually in energy costs. The project, financed through a […]

Eureka’s Austin Allison proposes the city use only clean, renewable energy by 2025

This week Eureka City Councilman Austin Allison put forth a resolution for his fellow council members to consider that would commit the city of Eureka to using only clean, renewable energy by 2025. “Many-a-cities and countries who have similar resolutions, their year is set at 2040 but I think that’s a little too little too […]

A Floating Offshore Wind Farm Is Coming to California

Matthew Marshall, executive director of the Redwood Coast Energy Authority, explains why a public-private partnership wants to build what could be the country’s first floating wind farm, in the Pacific Ocean. THE WAVES CRASHING along the coast of Humboldt County, California, make visible just how much energy exists offshore. If all goes well, within a decade the […]

RCEA Selects ‘Highly Capable’ Wind Energy Team

The Redwood Coast Energy Authority announced this afternoon that it has selected a “consortium” of companies to enter into a public-private partnership to pursue the development of an offshore wind energy project off the North Coast. According to an RCEA press release, the consortium — which consists of Principle Power Inc., EDPR Offshore North America […]

DC Fast Charges Coming to Humboldt County in Spring 2018

Soon, EV drivers in Humboldt County will be able to use local fast  chargers to refuel their vehicles in about 30 minutes. Last year, ChargePoint received a grant from the California Energy Commission to install DC fast charging (DCFC) stations at 6 locations in Humboldt County (map inset left). Currently, only level 1 (L1) and […]

HSU’s Schatz center gets $5M grant for airport microgrid

Humboldt State University’s Schatz Energy Research Center and the Redwood Coast Energy Authority are teaming up to bring energy independence to the Humboldt County regional airport in McKinleyville through a $9 million solar array microgrid. The research center announced last week that it was awarded a $5 million grant which it will combine with $6 […]

Open houses on tap for Redwood Coast Energy Authority

The Redwood Coast Energy Authority will host two open houses in March to highlight the key updates regarding energy use on the North Coast. The open house and information session will be held on March 5 at the Social Club in Samoa on March 6 at the Plaza Grill View room in Arcata. The RCEA […]

In the Wind

As legalized recreational cannabis takes hold in California, some Humboldt County officials think the local economy’s future isn’t tied to farms in the hills. It might be in the wind. A triad of factors has state and local officials, as well as energy companies, increasingly excited about the potential of offshore wind energy in Humboldt […]