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Federal solar tariffs not a disincentive for Davis

On Jan. 22, President Trump issued his long-awaited ruling on the penalties to be imposed on the world’s solar module manufacturers who sell their equipment into the U.S. market. Effective Feb. 7, there is a 30-percent solar import tariff for crystalline-silicon solar cells and modules. The decision has left many solar hopefuls wondering whether their […]

Goodbye, diesel: California school buses drive toward electric age

The classic American school bus — yellow, loud and trailing diesel exhaust — may soon get an electric upgrade. Each weekday morning, buses running on nothing but battery packs shuttle students to schools in northern Sacramento and the neighboring suburbs. The vehicles — made by Lion Bus of Quebec, Trans Tech Bus of New York state and Motiv Power Systems of […]

SMUD removes ‘solar surcharge’ from customer bills

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District said Wednesday that it has removed the state-mandated “SB-1 solar surcharge” from all customer bills. The surcharge dates back to former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “Million Solar Roofs Initiative,” a surcharge SMUD said is currently equal to $0.0016 per kilowatt-hour of electricity usage, or about $1.20 on an “average” SMUD customer […]

Solar farm opens at Sacramento International Airport

Sacramento International Airport will now use more than 30 per cent solar power with the opening of a new facility. The 7.9-megawatt solar farm consists of a 15-acre east site on Aviation Drive and a 20-acre site north of the runway. The facility is comprised of more than 23,000 LG solar panels mounted on NEXTracker racking that tracks […]

Transforming the UC’s Energy Portfolio

Solar development has contributed significantly to the UC system’s goal of carbon neutrality by 2025, and UC Davis has played a major role in this progress. However, more challenges still lie ahead to achieve a balance between environmental and economic sustainability. According to its website, the South Campus Large Solar Power Plant, which became active […]

Pioneer Community Energy Goes Live February 2018

Pioneer Community Energy is a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) Program that was formed by the jurisdictions of Auburn, Colfax, Lincoln, Loomis, Rocklin and Placer County through a joint powers authority. The Lincoln City Council issued a resolution adopting Ordinance 947B on June 27, 2017 following a public hearing.  The ordinance authorized the City to join the Sierra Valley Energy Authority […]

Valley Clean Energy Alliance Gives SMUD the Green Light

For the record… The Valley Clean Energy Alliance has plugged into Sacramento Municipal Utility District, which will provide power for Davis, Woodland and much of unincorporated Yolo County. The decision means that the Sacramento-based energy provider will source power for the VCEA’s portions of Yolo County, while also offering technical service, data management, customer support […]

Valley Clean Energy Alliance Submits Implementation Plan to CPUC and Approves Contract with SMUD

(From Press Release)– The Valley Clean Energy Alliance (VCEA) Board of Directors unanimously adopted a resolution to approve its Implementation Plan and Statement of Intent (Plan) and authorize its submission to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for certification. The CPUC has 90 days to complete its review and certify the Plan. “Delivering the Implementation […]

Yolo County Partners with SMUD – A New Model of Community Choice Development?

As Community Choice agencies spring up around the state, they are experimenting with various new business models. As they do, they are functioning as innovation incubators. Valley Clean Energy Alliance (VCEA), a new Community Choice agency comprised of the Cities of Davis and Woodland and unincorporated Yolo County, is using an approach not previously tried […]

Nonprofit Moves Forward on New ‘Net Energy’ Housing in Woodland

For local nonprofit Mutual Housing California, the recent allocation of nearly $10.8 million in tax credits means that the organization can move forward on the positive net energy phase of Mutual Housing at Spring Lake in Woodland. Like the first phase, the second phase of the community on Farmers Central Road will be built as […]