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Marin-based utility pays $2.8M for customers’ surplus solar power

MCE paid Marin homeowners and businesses with rooftop solar systems more than $673,000 for extra electricity their systems produced during the most recent 12-month billing cycle, the San Rafael-based joint powers authority said Monday. In total, MCE’s solar customers in Marin, Contra Costa, Napa and Solano counties received more than $2.8 million in cash back […]

Sonoma Clean Power Sponsors Popular Country Music Festival

(SANTA ROSA, CA) – Sonoma Clean Power (SCP), the Community Choice energy provider for Sonoma and Mendocino Counties, recently partnered with the Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB), Froggy 92.9 FM, and Country Summer to bring awareness to the issue of hunger during the summer months. In its inaugural year of sponsoring the popular Northern California music […]

Can Sonoma Clean Power “turn the tide on the climate crisis?”

At its fifth anniversary, Sonoma Clean Power has much to celebrate: Millions of dollars in savings for customers, a notable drop in greenhouse gas emissions for the county and five profitable years. Started by Sonoma County and city officials on May 1, 2014, as a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and as a local […]

PG&E’s $2 billion rate increase gets no support at Santa Rosa public hearing

PG&E found few supporters at a public hearing Wednesday on the company’s request for a $2 billion gas and electric rate increase that requires approval from California’s utility watchdog. About 30 people attended the first in a pair of hearings held in the afternoon and evening, and the seven who spoke heaped criticism on the […]

City of Calistoga and Clean Coalition agree to move forward with microgrid plans for the City

CALISTOGA, CA — The City of Calistoga has entered into an agreement with the Clean Coalition, a California nonprofit organization, to conduct a feasibility assessment to determine whether to proceed with a Community Microgrid for the City. A Community Microgrid is a new approach for designing and operating electric grids. Although connected to the larger power grid, […]

Sonoma Clean Power’s Advanced Energy Rebuild Program Receives Grand Award at Bay Area Metro Awards

(SANTA ROSA, CA) – Sonoma Clean Power, the public electricity provider for Sonoma and Mendocino Counties, was a co-recipient of the Grand Award at this year’s Bay Area Metro Awards, which recognizes individuals and organizations advancing solutions to ease the housing crisis, improve the transportation system, and make the nine-county region more resilient. Every year, the Metropolitan Transportation […]

Get Rebates by Plugging into Electrify Marin

Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by swapping out gas and propane appliances One of the County of Marin’s newest efforts in addressing climate change focuses on a source of greenhouse gas emis­sions that has largely been ig­nored: our home appliances. About one-third of greenhouse gases produced in Marin comes from buildings, mostly the re­sult of burning […]

Sunrun Wins Another Capacity Contract for Aggregated Home Storage

A network of residential energy systems will help Oakland, California wean itself off fossil-fueled peakers. East Bay Community Energy, which buys power for Alameda County in Northern California, approved a contract Wednesday night to pay Sunrun for 500 kilowatts of capacity from residential solar-plus-storage. The 10-year contract, which goes into effect in 2022, marks a […]

Sebastopol City Council goes greener

At its meeting on July 16, the Sebastopol City Council voted to switch the city’s utility accounts over to Evergreen, a 100% local and renewable energy program from Sonoma Clean Power. The switch will cost the city an additional $41,500 a year. “This is the single most important thing we can do that will have […]

Berkeley first city in California to ban natural gas in new buildings

The city of Berkeley will no longer allow natural gas pipes in many new buildings starting Jan. 1, 2020. It’s the first city in California to pass such a law, officials said. The Berkeley City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night in favor of the legislation, put forward by downtown Councilwoman Kate Harrison’s office and council co-sponsors Cheryl Davila, Ben […]