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Oakland’s People Power Solar Cooperative has completed its first solar project in Oakland, piloting a new model for community-owned energy in California. The residential-sized 7 kilowatt project is financed entirely by investments up to $1,000 each from more than 50 local community members and leaders among the cooperative’s members, the group says. The project is the […]
Planners in Fremont, CA, appear to be the first to complete a solar microgrid system with battery backup for a fire station in the United States, seeking to be more hardened against wildfire, utility blackouts, hurricanes, or other threatening events. The Fremont project got an early start in 2015, in cooperation with a California Energy Commission’s energy […]
To keep pace with our changing times, the Sonoma Clean Power Board of Directors voted unanimously to update its Mission Statement. Sounding every bit the bi-product of a committee of elected officials, the old Mission Statement made good sense back in the naïve days when SCP was still an organizational toddler: Your public electricity provider […]
PLEASANTON — For the first time in the East Bay, a Stanford University alumni group will host a speaker series in Pleasanton to talk about the future of renewable energy. The three talks, which will be 15 minutes each, will be led by professionals in the field and cover the topics of batteries, carbon dividends and […]
Leading the national trend for sustainability and the fight against climate change, the Marin Rowing Association (MRA) today announced that it has added 4 additional electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at their facility in Marin County. A new analysis from the scientific research nonprofit International Council on Clean Transportation predicts more than 3 million EVs will […]
SAN JOSE — PG&E’s bankruptcy could torpedo an energy storage project in south San Jose, a potential failure that could shelve a welcomed green energy project and leave the fate of a big natural gas plant up in the air. esVolta, a developer of clean energy battery storage complexes, had struck a deal in July […]
There is a good bit of talk about a Green New Deal (GND), a plan to address climate change by directing federal dollars to restructure the economy, protect us from further disasters, create high paying jobs and reduce social inequities. Among the goals of the GND are to move America to 100% clean and renewable energy. We are […]
Pisenti & Brinker, LLP performed an independent financial audit for SVCE to evaluate the agency’s financial statements and risks. SVCE’s financial performance is strong, and the results of the audit were completely clean. “We did not propose any adjustments to the financial statements,” said Brett Bradford of Pisenti & Brinker, LLP at SVCE’s February Board of Directors […]
Looking to be environmentally competitive by adding infrastructure for electric vehicles, the city of Half Moon Bay is creating more charge stations within its downtown corridor. Last month a third electric vehicle charging station was installed near It’s Italia restaurant on Mill Street and a fourth station is on deck. They join existing stations on […]
What happens when a famously left-leaning city dives into the buttoned-down business of electric utilities? San Francisco may soon find out. City officials are studying the possibility of creating their own utility out of the wreckage of PG&E Corp., the energy giant that filed for bankruptcy in January. The city would buy the company’s local wires—or possibly seize them through eminent […]