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Sonoma Clean Power to Cut Residential Rates 10 Percent

Citing a significant drop in the cost of solar power, Sonoma Clean Power says it will cut its electric rates for residential customers in March about 10 percent. “Solar is beginning to drive the electric market in California,” said Sonoma Clean Power CEO Geof Syphers. The price for solar power “has been dropping remarkably,” Syphers said. […]

Stern: How Silicon Valley Can Fight Trump’s Energy Agenda

While President-elect Donald Trump is naming climate science deniers and fossil fuel representatives to his Cabinet, Silicon Valley continues to invest in the clean energy economy. In coming years, our region’s leadership on environmental sustainability will be crucial to countering the regressive energy policies of the new administration. Companies, universities, and individuals in Silicon Valley […]

Sonoma County, Windsor to Use Holding Ponds for Solar Power

In a creative approach to producing clean, cheaper electricity, plans are moving ahead to install floating solar panels on holding ponds operated by the Sonoma County Water Agency and the Town of Windsor. One of the more appealing aspects of the floating panels is they don’t take up agricultural land, open space or scenic corridors, […]

County Establishes Energy Authority

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors officially created a regional energy authority. The board also finalized a Joint Powers Agreement to allow East Bay municipalities to work together to procure energy for customers and have more input ensuring that energy comes from clean, local, renewable sources. Already, 11 local cities have voted to join Alameda […]

Cities of Campbell, Cupertino, Morgan Hill, Mountain View, Saratoga and Sunnyvale Commit to 100% Renewable Energy for City Electricity Accounts

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT Sunnyvale, Calif. – The cities of Campbell, Cupertino, Morgan Hill, Mountain View, Saratoga and Sunnyvale have taken their commitment to protecting our climate even further by voting to enroll their municipal electricity accounts in Silicon Valley Clean Energy’s optional GreenPrime program starting April 2017. The electricity in these communities to run city-owned facilities, […]

Alameda County Creates Regional Energy Authority

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors has formally created a regional energy authority and finalized a Joint Powers Agreement to allow East Bay municipalities to work together to procure energy for customers and have more input in ensuring that their energy comes from clean, local, renewable sources. Already, 11 local cities have voted to join […]

Martinez to Hold Public Workshop on Whether to Leave PG&E

MARTINEZ, CA – The City of Martinez is exploring whether it – along with 13 other Contra Costa County cities — should leave PG&E and form their own community utility that would more fully use renewable sources. Community Choice Energy, also known as Community Choice Aggregation, is the practice of pooling consumer electricity demand within […]

Oakland, Hayward Opt in on County Energy Agency

OAKLAND — By this time next year, those monthly bills with PG&E’s blue and gold logo will be a thing of the past in much of Alameda County. There will still be monthly power bills, though. They just should be a little bit smaller, for one, and they’ll likely sport another color scheme, as Oakland goes […]

MCE’s Fifth Local Solar Project Brought Online at Larkspur Cost Plus Plaza

Local real estate developer Rawson, Blum & Leon (RBL) is leveraging MCE’s Feed-In Tariff (FIT) program to utilize unused rooftop space at its popular shopping center in Larkspur, CA. The project, built on the roof of Cost Plus, will deliver over 265 kilowatts AC (345 kW DC) of solar photovoltaic energy to the grid, enough […]

sPower Signs 105 MW PPA Under Community Choice Aggregation Program

sPower has secured a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for 105 MW-AC of solar power with community choice aggregator MCE in California, making it sPower’s largest contract of this type to date, and the largest community choice aggregation (CCA) agreement known to pv magazine. CCA programs are beginning to stand up and be noted in […]