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Caltrain Goes Green: Transit agency to rely on 100 percent renewable energy

Caltrain will be powered entirely by renewable energy sources by 2019 for a 4.8 percent cost increase — or an additional $64,314 a year — if the transit agency partners with a new community choice energy program. That program is called San Jose Clean Energy and the Caltrain board will likely make the partnership official […]

Has the ‘microgrid’ revolution arrived? Electrified Bay Area tech companies think so

Software company VMware’s vision for building a community microgrid at its Palo Alto headquarters was born out of a challenge directly from CEO Patrick Gelsinger. “Just over a year ago, I came to him with our sustainability plans, and he said ‘OK, but can we do this faster and more innovatively?’” recalled Nicola Acutt, VMware’s vice president […]

Joint solar+storage project planned for Silicon Valley, Monterey Bay

Canadian Solar announced its wholly owned subsidiary Recurrent Energy has signed two 15-year power purchase agreements with Silicon Valley Clean Energy and Monterey Bay Community Power for a 150-MWac solar power system with 180 MWh of battery storage. This joint procurement effort represents the largest contracted solar+storage project in California to date. This partnership resulted from […]

SV Clean Energy Signs Major Contracts for California’s Largest Solar-Plus-Storage Projects

Sunnyvale, Calif. – Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) signed two long-term agreements for the largest utility-scale, solar-plus-storage projects to be built in California. The two projects will provide 153 megawatts (MW) of solar and 47 MW of storage and will be developed by Electricité de France (EDF) and Recurrent Energy Development Holdings, LLC. (Recurrent). These projects […]

Peninsula Clean Energy Awards Six Grants Totaling Nearly $450,000 for Local Community Pilot Projects

REDWOOD CITY, CA – October 29, 2018 – Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE) of San Mateo County has awarded grants of up to $75,000 each for six innovative local pilot projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, support low-income customers, and advance electric transportation. The Community Pilot Program awards will fund programs within the county to repair homes […]

Energy efficiency rebates for upgrades are available in Mendocino County

When Ukiah building contractor Howie Hawkes of Hawkes Construction learned at a workshop last week about a significant energy efficiency rebate available to property owners who are rebuilding after the Redwood Complex fires, he thought of client Renee Vinyard. Vinyard is rebuilding her Redwood Valley home that was destroyed in the fires. Hawkes met with […]

Marin Transit rolls out first all-electric buses

Beyond the fact that it was packed full of Marin County government leaders, the green bus traveling through the Civic Center on Tuesday afternoon was not your typical day in transit. As the 35-foot bus took its first passenger load in Marin County for a test ride, the drive was noticeably more silent. The chatter […]

Hitting Back Against Silicon Valley Clean Energy Rumors

Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) recently started providing carbon-free electricity to Milpitas residents and businesses. For those who have not followed the progression of this change over the past 2 years, concerns about it may arise. Rumors from people who don’t know the facts make things worse. Here are some myths I have heard… An […]

3 Bay Area cities ranked among greenest in U.S. — and one aims to keep improving

A personal finance site’s recent list ranking America’s greenest cities managed to include numerous California cities, including several here in the Bay Area. But at least one of those cities is clearly not willing to rest on its consistently earned laurels. According to WalletHub, nine of the 10 greenest cities overall are in the West. The Bay […]

Peninsula Clean Energy Starts Construction of 200-Megawatt Solar Facility

Los Banos, CA – October 11, 2018 – California’s largest solar installation built exclusively for a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) agency broke ground today in California’s Central Valley. Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE), the electricity provider for 290,000 San Mateo County customers, expects the 200-megawatt utility-scale Wright Solar project to come online in late 2019. “This is […]