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City Gives OK to Expansion of Sierra Valley Energy Authority Joint Powers Agreement

An amendment to the Sierra Valley Energy Authority agreement was unanimously approved at the Feb. 22 Colfax City Council meeting. Placer County Treasurer-Tax Collector Jenine Windeshausen spoke in favor of the amendment that expands the joint powers agreement and allows Placer County, Colfax and other cities in the county to initiate a community-choice energy aggregate, […]

PG&E to Withdraw Relicense Application for DeSabla-Centerville Hydroelectric Facility in Butte County

CHICO, Calif. February 2, 2017 – Reflecting California’s changing energy landscape and rising operating costs at the DeSabla-Centerville hydroelectric facility in Butte County, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) announced today that it will withdraw its application for a new license for the facility from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). PG&E’s withdrawal of the […]

Sierra Nevada Brewery Installs 1 MWh Tesla Powerpack System

The Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is using a bunch of Tesla batteries, along with solar power and a microturbine generator, to help make beer brewing more environmentally friendly at its Chico, California facility. The company has installed a 1MWh Tesla Powerpack battery system, taking power from an existing 10,751-panel, two-megawatt solar installation — the largest […]

California College Students Get Hands-On Training at LFGTE Facility

More than 25 local students from Sierra College in Roseville, Calif., got hands-on training for jobs at the Energy 2001 Renewable Energy Center—a partnership between the college, the Western Placer Waste Management Authority (WPWMA), and local green power producer Energy 2001. “This unique public/private partnership is a classic example of how business, government, and Sierra […]

Inyo County Receives Award for Solar-Energy Growth

Press release SolSmart, a program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative, has recognized Inyo County as second in the nation for taking important first steps to encourage solar energy for homes and businesses. As a SolSmart Bronze designee, Inyo County is receiving national recognition for adopting programs and practices that make it […]

Nevada County eligible homeowners: Want to go solar, replace HVAC, windows, doors?

NEVADA CITY, Calif. November 16, 2016 – Tina Vernon, Nevada County’s Treasurer & Tax Collector is excited to announce that the mPower Nevada County PACE program opens up November 18, 2016! PACE, which stands for Property Assessed Clean Energy is a program that authorizes a local government to provide upfront funding to eligible property owners […]

Butte Supervisors OK Preliminary Budget, Look into New Radio System, Selling Energy

Butte County Supervisors are exploring Community Choice Aggregation as an alternative to their incumbent utility, PG&E . “Staff have been following nine communities in different stages of CCA formation. In Yolo County, there has been an 8.7 percent cost saving over PG&E, she said. McCarthy recommended the board give the go-ahead to have a technical […]

Grid Alternatives Solar Program for Low-Income Families Expands

Chico >> Many area resident are now eligible for a program that will install free solar panels on their homes. Nonprofit solar installer GRID Alternatives can provide solar power at no cost for up to 15 low-income homeowners in Chico. Oroville and Thermalito also have a GRID program for low-income families interested in solar. Residents are invited […]

Butte Co. Lays the Groundwork for Large Scale Solar Facilities

OROVILLE, Calif. – Butte County is looking for input on its plans to lay the groundwork for large scale solar facilities that would feed electricity directly to a utility. The county is hosting three public workshops to get public input on where to declare Solar Overlay Zones. The zones could measure from 10 acres to […]