Viewing: August 2010

Future of Solar in California is Big, But There Are Obstacles

California Solar News – Renewable energy in general and solar energy and wind electrical generation in particular have a bright future, that is a long as we keep electing forward thinking politicians. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s commitment to solar and other green iniatives have been a source of irritation to some in the Grand Old […] Read more

Renewable Energy Jobs are the Way out of this. Com-on California Lets Lead The Way!

California Renewable Energy News – The Wall Street Journal calls California the hub of this “economic slowdown”. I am sure they are right. Housing is the backbone of this country and California has alway lead the country in permits and construction jobs. We must reinvent ourselves and quickly expand the renewable energy industry to get […] Read more

California, The World’s Solar Power Capital

California Solar News – There is enough solar energy in the deserts of California to power all of Los Angeles. 1,600 kilowatt hours of solar energy falls on every square 11 square feet of land surface annually. That is equal to the amount of energy that is found in 1 barrel of oil. Big difference […] Read more

Market for Off-Grid Solar. Is There a “Living Off-the-grid” Grass Roots Energy Movement Underfoot?

Sacramento California Solar Commentary – The market for off-grid solar has traditionally only counted for very small segment of the total photovoltaic installations in America, about 2 – 3%. Globally, most of the planet is not serviced by electrical utilities so off-grid or stand alone solar accounts for up to 10% of the total solar […] Read more

San Jose California Bay Area Company Completes a Large 2,532 Solar Panel Installation

SAN JOSE, Santa Cruz California News – A bay area company, Power Integrations, announced that it has completed the installation of commercial solar for its San Jose headquarters. The company’s innovative technology enables compact, energy-efficient power supplies in a wide range of electronic products, in AC-DC, DC-DC and LED lighting applications. The solar installations includes […] Read more

Solar Thermal Gets A Boost From the California Utilities Commission

California News – Solar thermal systems minimize the impact on the environment and reduce energy consumption for heating and hot water. For homes as well as commercial buildings in California, solar is a good choice. The California Energy Commission must agree because they approved two renewable energy contracts. Read More California Approves Solar Thermal Contract […] Read more

Feed In Tariff Coming to Sacramento? Hey, we should do this everywhere in California!

Sacramento California Solar News – Feed-in-Tariff coming to Sacramento soon. Whats a feed-in-tariff? A “feed-in tariff” is a public policy designed to encourage the adaption of sustainable energy such as solar. It has three key components the first of which is guaranteed access to the grid. It also needs long term contracts for the electricity […] Read more

The Sun Rises on the Solar Energy Industry

California Solar News- Solar energy panels are now a viable alternative to grid tied energy. The facts are that your solar payment in whatever form you choose to finance combined with a small remaining utility payment is cheaper that if you did nothing. Simply by putting solar on your roof you can immadeatly put money […] Read more

Northern California Jail Goes Solar

Northern California Solar News – It always a sunny day when government agencies install solar. Yolo County in northern California was able to piece together a variety of clean energy bonds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and a 15-year, one percent interest loan from the California Energy Commission (CEC) in order to […] Read more