california clean energy

First Phase Of 800-MW Solar Project Begins

  “We are thrilled to see the initial phase of this eventual 800-megawatt solar project, and the first of our many solar (photovoltaic) projects under development, begin construction,” said 8minutenergy Renewables CEO Martin Hermann after completion of this mega project (or simply the first mega phase of this mega project). The … [continued]

Paving the Way to a Low-Carbon Society: California Governor Enacts 19 New Clean Energy Bills

Spanning a wide range of state government involvement in promoting and fostering ongoing clean energy progress, included among the bills is one that would reduce the time and cost of obtaining permits for rooftop solar energy systems, and another to enhance clean energy coordination and collaboration between the state and US Dept. of Defense in California. […]

California Public–Private Partnership Launches Nation’s Largest Commercial PACE Clean Energy/Energy & Water Efficiency Financing Program

14 California counties and 126 cities have launched the first state-wide and the nation’s largest PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) program, which aims to boost clean energy use, as well as energy and water efficiency for commercial property owners. The landmark program stands to boost local economies, create jobs, and yield savings for consumers while reducing greenhouse gas emissions, energy, and water consumption. […]

4 Charts Provide Distributed Solar Lessons from California

A new study for the California Public Utilities Commission explores the “Technical Potential for Local Distributed Photovoltaics in California.” Basically, it’s one of the more in-depth analyses of local solar power in the country, suggesting that California has the capacity to add 15 gigawatts (GW) of local solar (20 megawatts and smaller) to its grid by 2020. The study pushes the boundaries of distributed generation by assuming that local solar can be installed sufficient to meet 100% of local demand, far beyond the conservative “15% rule” that utilities typically apply […]