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Oakland: California’s Hidden Solar Hotbed

Oakland: California’s Hidden Solar Hotbed

When people think of sunny California, they often think of the beaches of Southern California. If the last few years are any indication, however, the place they should be thinking of is the city of Oakland, across the bay from foggy San Francisco. In the past few years, Oakland has become a hub for the


SolarCity Earnings = MEH

SolarCity (SCTY) has been one of the hottest alternative energy stocks since its Initial Public Offering five short months ago. Yesterday it shot up 24% in one day, on the largest one-day volume since it opened, in anticipation of its quarterly earnings release. It is up 95% in the past three months, and has more


Energy Efficiency: Is It The Real Deal?

According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), peak electric loads in the U.S. are 20,800 MW lower than they would be without utility energy efficiency programs[1].  If it is correct it represents perhaps 100 power plants that did not need built that would have otherwise been required.  Similarly, the EIA data shows that electric usage


SolarStrong: Alive and Kicking

Last year, SolarCity partnered with U.S. Renewables Group Renewable Finance and Bank of America Merrill Lynch in a $1 billion effort to solarize military housing across the U.S. It’s making progress and surging ahead with new projects at sites owned and managed by Lend Lease. On July 17 SolarCity announced that it is partnered with


Affordable Housing Complex Gets Solar Power in San Diego

One of the major reasons California is a leader in solar energy isits initiatives aimed at encouraging homeowners to install solar panels. Under the state’s flagship program, the California Solar Initiative (CSI), solar rebates are made available to qualified home and business owners looking to install solar. Beyond this general initiative, California has included specialprovisions to


San Francisco to be 100% Renewable by 2020

The City by the Bay is known for its colorful history, resiliency todisaster, and a willingness to embrace a broad spectrum of cultures andviews. Now, the City plans to punctuate history once again with itslatest publicly announced goal: to be the first city in the UnitedStates to rely complety on renewable energy sources by 2020…less

San Francisco Completes Sunset Reservoir Solar Project

Big news came out of San Francisco this morning, as Mayor Gavin Newsom announced the completion of the Sunset Reservoir Solar Project, which the city claims is the largest municipal solar installation inCalifornia. Recurrent Energy, the solar project developer that installed the 24,000-panel system and will own and operate it, took things a step further


More San Francisco School Districts Go Solar

Just days after southern California’s San Dieguito Union High School District installed solar “carports” above parking areas at two of its high schools, northern California’sJefferson Union High School District (JUHSD), just south of SanFrancisco, completed a similar project of its own. JUHSD has installed solar energy systems at four of the district’shigh schools: Oceana High

ASES National Solar Tour Showcases San Diego Cribs

The 15th Annual National Solar Tour, the world’s “largest grassroots solar event,” is set to kickoff todayacross the country as solar-powered homes and businesses will open their doors to the public. Sponsored by the American Solar Energy Society(ASES), the tours showcase how photovoltaic (PV) panels and solar hotwater systems can help cut electricity bills and

Solar Stadium Coming to San Fran for America’s Cup

If the Board of Supervisors of the America’s Cup approves of SanFrancisco hosting the 34th America’s Cup yacht race, then we could hopeto the most environmentally friendly race on record. Conceptualized bySkidmore, Owings & Merrill architect, the proposal suggests thetransformation of dilapidated piers 30-32 at the foot of Bryant Streetand Pier 50 south of the


Utility Scale Solar Show in San Diego

I’ll be at the Utility Scale Solar show in San Diego on Wednesday. I know this is a debatable topic, but I tend to get more excited aboututility scale anything, not because I think we can count on utilities to be progressive in the migration to renewables. (Do I look like I justfell off a

San Fran Green Job Growth Stalls

Growth in green jobs has stalled in the San Francisco Bay Area, aregion known for its strong environmental credentials as well as for its ability to attract money and technology. Despite the news — which comes to us via the Green Business Survey from SF Works, an green industry advocacy group — area businesses remain optimistic

San Diego Schools Find Way to Go Solar During Cash Crunch

Many school districts around the country are facing a common dilemma: they want to incorporate new programs and technology but are battlingbudget cuts. In such a trying financial climate, long-term investments — like renewable energy — are completely out of the question… right?Think again. Enter Amsolar with its “space-for-electricity” financing model, whichpromises to help financially strapped


San Jose is California’s Leading ‘Solar City’

Judging from number released a couple of weeks ago, San Jose canrightfully claim to be “the most” solar city in California. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on July 9 releasedan annual report on solar energy, detailing (among other things) theprogress of the California Solar Initiative (CSI). A roadmap for installing 1,750 megawatts(MW) of solar power