Category Archives: Grid Tied Solar

Southwest Utilities Move Closer To Renewable Solar & Wind Energy Generation to the Benefit of Some National Parks

Utilities are usually the poster child for hate relationships when it comes to solar energy. However, having said that, I think these frenemies are warming up to the changes slowing coming over popular society and are jumping on the solar bandwagon, cleaner air and a sustainable future. (It did not go unnoticed that California utilities opted out of the Prop 23 fight.)

Case in point. Southern California Edison has announced plans to sell its share in of the country’s largest coal-fired power plants in New Mexico. Coal fired power plant emissions from the New Mexico plants have affected some of the areas National Park monuments as reported by environmental officials. Southern California Edison has signed contracts to receive a larger part of their electricity from solar and wind farms. Continue reading Southwest Utilities Move Closer To Renewable Solar & Wind Energy Generation to the Benefit of Some National Parks

Giant Solar Farm Puts California Native American Tribe At Odds Against U.S. Government

Plans to build a 709-megawatt solar farm in the California desert have hit a snag after a Native American tribe has sued the U.S. government to stop development of the solar project from proceeding Noel Brinkerhoff reports for All Gov. In its lawsuit directed at the U.S. Department of the Interior, the Quechan Tribe claim federal officials rushed through approval of the Imperial Valley Solar Project, which will consist of 28,360 “SunCatcher” dishes spread across 6,360 acres of public land outside of El Centro, California.

The tribe contends the solar farm could damage Quechan cultural artifacts, as well as desert flora and fauna, including the endangered flat-tailed horned lizard that holds a significant place in tribal lore. Continue reading Giant Solar Farm Puts California Native American Tribe At Odds Against U.S. Government

Sacramento Utility Says Thank You to California For Clearing The Way For More Solar Wind Green Energy

Sacramento Solar News – The California Air Resources Board put solar in the mainstream recently triggering a “thanks” from SMUD.

Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) announced that they support the California Air Resource Board’s decision to adapt a requirement that 33% of the power from utilities in the state come from renewable sources like solar and wind energy by 2020.

This green energy, solar and wind power forward thinking was accomplished, in no small measure, by Governor Schwarzenegger’s leadership and a democratic statehouse in Sacramento. Continue reading Sacramento Utility Says Thank You to California For Clearing The Way For More Solar Wind Green Energy

Worlds Largest Wind Farm Flips The Switch

The worlds renewable energy possibility are endless when measured against mankind’s needs. Solar energy, wind energy, and Geo thermal energy are already being used on utility scale.

In England the world’s largest offshore wind farm turned on the switch recently. Located in the estuary of the one of England’s major rivers it showcases what the kind of British ingenuity that concord the world.

Wind turbines, solar energy and renewables in all it forms are where the world is heading. Recently we read where California’s big utilities are jumping in with both feet. Its all a good thing. Read More Continue reading Worlds Largest Wind Farm Flips The Switch

Solar Feed In Tariffs Could Give California An Employment Boost

Affordable solar is within reach for much of California’s residences but there are risks. What’s a feed-in-tariff you say? FIT (Feed-In-Tariff) are solar incentives that are popular in Europe because they gave solar a kick in the pants and created large markets because people could now get paid for going solar on a small scale (residential solar).

There is currently solar FIT legislation in Sacramento but there are also risks and serious opposition mostly by dirty oil and big utility companies who are theatened by the prospect of residential solar. (By the way… vote NO on proposition 23, it is NOT a jobs bill)

Blocking solar and renewable legislation is just plain wrong on many levels. National security, climate change, developing green careers and local jobs and dollars in our local economies and more household monthly dollars are just some of the reason everyone needs to get behind solar.

Changes in goverment policiys can affect FIT programs and since wall street and dirty oil have a stangle hold on the goverment and main stream media right now here is an example of the up’s and down’s of solar FIT programs: Continue reading Solar Feed In Tariffs Could Give California An Employment Boost

Massive Parabolic Solar Electricity Array Will Soon Power Nearly 1 million Homes in California

Sacramento Solar News – In the desert of California, a massive solar array will soon be powering 800,000 homes and bringing work to several hundred California households putting money back into local California communities.

Concentrating solar power is a technology that uses mirrors to reflect and concentrate solar radiation into a collector usually located in the center of the mirror. The solar thermal energy is then used to heat oils that in turn turn water into steam turning turbines to product electricity. These utility scale systems are complex to build but California has vasts deserts waiting to turn our clean renewable energy which produces jobs.

Parabolic trough collectors are the most common and cost effective when used on a utility scale. The California Energy Commission recently approved a massive 1 megawatt solar plant that will help bring clean electricity and jobs to California. Read More – Continue reading Massive Parabolic Solar Electricity Array Will Soon Power Nearly 1 million Homes in California

Sacramento Solar Is Coming To A Neighborhood Near You. What is your solar potential?

Sacramento Solar News – The golden age of cheap energy in Sacramento County is over. The need for renewable energy and solar panels in particular, has come to the forefront in recent years. This has been driven not by global warming as first predicted, but by the end of cheap energy, not just in California, but in the whole of America.

More people in Sacramento are getting wise to this, and are investing in solar panel technology for their homes. Solar loans has become easier to secure along with solar leases. Solar panels in Sacramento are proven to be the most beneficial of all renewable technologies with useful solar module life manufacturer guaranteed for more than 25 years. Additionally, solar installation rebates and laws have made it easier than ever to reduce Sacramento area homeowners monthly utility expenses putting money back in the household and into the community. Continue reading Sacramento Solar Is Coming To A Neighborhood Near You. What is your solar potential?

Akeena Solar to Exit the Direct Solar Installation Business in California

Bay Area California Solar News – Akeena Solar d/b/a Westinghouse Solar has decided to stop installing solar panels in California and focus on setting up a solar dealer network. Akeena solar has had a long history of service in California but with their new name brand agreement with Westinghouse, things have changed. By exiting the residential and commercial solar installation business, Akeena will also reduce overhead and lower their break even point. Read More Solar News – Continue reading Akeena Solar to Exit the Direct Solar Installation Business in California

Solar Means More Than Pretty. Solar Means A Future For Our Children. Solar In Sacramento Means Jobs.

Sacramento Solar Commentary – Driving through an Auburn neighborhood earlier today I noticed a local solar company installing panels on the roof of a very expensive home. My mind first went to the dollar signs flashing in my head for the savings the homeowners were going to realize. But there is much more to solar than just money in the pocket. What I also saw were 3 – 4 workers who had a job installing the solar panels and had a means to support their family at the end of the day. I saw the local Metro Sacramento supermarket business which was going to benefit from the dollars from the workers as well as the savings the homeowner could now spend on other local purchases.

I also saw the pride in the workers faces as they went about their task with the knowledge they were making a difference in the world. Bravo to the homeowner who had the courage to take the step and go solar in Metro Sacramento.

Solar is more that beauty in the eye of the beholder. Solar is beautiful beyond the aesthetics of panels on a roof. Read More – Continue reading Solar Means More Than Pretty. Solar Means A Future For Our Children. Solar In Sacramento Means Jobs.