California Bay Area Cities Lead the USA in Solar Installations

Bay Area California News – All of the USA should all take notice that these innovative forward thinking cities are shining a light on the pathway for a new America. Renewable solar energy is our way to a secure national economic future. A strong renewable energy portfolio that includes solar, makes for a strong America. A focus on renewable energy means good paying, long term local contractors jobs, a stronger economy, a cleaner environment and greater energy independence for this country. Read More. [continue reading…]


Solar Energy Companies Get Their Brand On In San Francisco Bay Area

San Francisco, Northern California Bay Area News – Everyone who is anybody in the solar world came to the Inter Solar convention last week in San Francisco, and what a show it was. From San Jose solar companies to San Juan solar installers people came from everywhere. With solar exhibitors booth space up 24% and over 20,000 attendees, solar companies really got their brand on. Nice to see such enthusiasm over solar in the USA. Read More: [continue reading…]


Sacramento SMUD Signs First Feed-In Tariff Contract With Recurrent Energy for 60 MW of Commercial Solar Power

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Sacramento News – The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) has signed multiple 20-year power purchase agreements with Recurrent Energy, an independent power producer and a leading developer of solar power projects, for 60 megawatts (MW) of solar power to be developed in the southern portion of Sacramento County. These are the first agreements to come out of the utility’s feed-in tariff program (FIT) introduced in January of this year.

SMUD’s standard tariff for qualifying renewable and combined heat and power generating facilities received applications that exceeded the program’s 100 MW capacity. All applications received offered a solar photovoltaic technology. [continue reading…]


Sacramento Companies Can Create Jobs if We Can Get Fannie and Freddie out of our way!

Sacramento, California Business News – Fannie May and Freddie Mac are against the idea of PACE Property Assessed Clean Energy which is a new financing method that allows homeowners to pay for home improvements, like solar and window replacement, through a special property-tax assessment facilitated by California Cities like Sacramento. Both companies, Fannie and Freddie, have acted with the blessing of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, and they’ll no longer issue mortgages on properties that have PACE financing. What this really means is big companies are against this because it they loose a little more of their choke hold on the American people. [continue reading…]


East Bay California Cities Help Spur The Process for Solar

East Bay California News –  Several East bay cities government officials have put their heads together to make going solar easier for East bay homeowners.  Nice Job! Here is an example of government that works for the people! The California East Bay cities of Livermore, Pleasanton and Dublin have a program that educating consumers on the benifits of solar energy for residential homes.

Solar Cities is a joint project of the East bay cities of Livermore and Pleasanton and Dublin that is focused on educating consumers with the facts about residential solar energy. The program features free educational workshops, web resources, and targeted information to assist homeowners in making decisions about investing in a photovoltaic solar system. [continue reading…]


San Francisco Bay Area Company, Clean Power Finance: Solar Financing for Homes and Commercial Properties Raises 6.9 M to Expand the Leading Software Platform

San Francisco Bay Area, California – Clean Power Finance, Inc. (CPF) announced the first close of a $6.9M financing round co-led by Claremont Creek Ventures and Clean Pacific Ventures, and joined by prior investors Sand Hill Angels and clean tech investor Gary Kremen. Clean Power Finance is the nation’s leading provider of software and services to solar installers and renewable energy professionals. The San Francisco California based company’s web-based platform delivers verified leads, solar quoting and sales management, residential and commercial project financing, and training to over 30 percent of the solar installer community nationwide. [continue reading…]


Northern California Bay Area Schools Get Solar Panels

We love to hear about public solar energy panel projects like the recent solar commercial project installed near San Jose in Northern California where money is put to good use creating jobs while not missing a teaching moment about the benefits converting to solar energy.

There is no better place to plant the seeds for the expanded use of renewable power by future generations than in a school environment. School officials and corporate leaders in the San Jose, San Francisco Bay Area embraced the concept recently when they announced a public-private partnership for solar power and energy efficiency. The Milpitas Unified School District launched its collaboration with Chevron Energy Solutions and Bank of America to construct a 14-site program across the district that will supply 75 percent of the district’s total annual electricity needs through solar energy. [continue reading…]


We Bail Out Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac… and This is How We Are Repaid? Protect PACE Clean Energy Retrofit Programs

PACE solar financing is facing a serious threat from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that could render these programs dead in the water. The Department of Energy, state and local governments, and many others working to address this problem. Yet, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have repeatedly missed their own deadlines for resolving the issue. It’s time to step up the pressure. Help us urge Congress to step in and remedy this harmful impasse. [continue reading…]


Sacramento Utility SMUD is Leading The Way to Standardize Sacramento Solar Installation Permits

Federal and California government via California solar incentives deserve much credit for making solar photovoltaic (PV) energy systems (solar panels) more affordable for California homes and commercial business. Solar companies and manufactures are also making great strides to lower the cost of solar over the last 24 months. Solar permit fees are passed on to the California solar panel system home and commercial business owners and can add much to the roadblock to moving closer to energy independence. [continue reading…]


Being Army-Strong for Solar, New Military DOD Solar

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently selected the team of ACCIONA Solar Power and the Clark Energy Group to develop a massive solar energy project. The first phase alone consists of five sites over 21 square miles, which will produce a cumulative 500 megawatts (MW) of power at the Fort Irwin military complex, located in the Mojave Desert of California, an area with nearly the most hours of sunlight in the U.S. annually. In specific, Fort Irwin is located halfway between Los Angeles, which is approximately 245 km to the southwest, and Las Vegas, NV, nearly 290 km to the northeast. The base is the U.S. Army`s largest training ground and also houses NASA`s Goldstone Deep Space Communications center. This effort is in response to a federal mandate that requires the U.S. Army to reduce its energy consumption by 30 percent by 2015 with respect to 2003 levels and to cover 25 percent of its energy consumed with clean, renewable energy by 2025, which is analogous to the renewable energy portfolio standard for states. [continue reading…]


Mobile. iPad & Laptop Portable Battery Booster.

Most laptop batteries are manufactured by all the leading companies in the market like Samsung, Toshiba, Panasonic, Acer, Compaq, Dell, Gateway, HP, IBM, Sony, last but certainly not least, the new hot Apple iPad.

We had a friend recently join the Peace Corps and wanted to find a way to reliably charge his iPad battery off the grid, we are going to focus on the iPad. solar-energy [continue reading…]


Solar Is For Everyone

Assessing a homeowners energy consumption and designing high-performance solar system installation and integrate it into a customers home in an aesthetic manner seems simple enough. But we are finding that homeowners who know a little about solar are sometimes the toughest customers to sell because they have been told by some solar sales persons that solar just does not pay. Here in N. Ca, with the CSI PG&E / SMUD rebates, and the 30% tax credit, and the reduction in panel prices since the silicon glut, solar pencils out for just about [continue reading…]