Category Archives: Sacramento Solar News

Sacramento Utility 2011 Budget Paints Bright Picture for Solar

The new Sacramento utility district budget is out and there is something in it for all you solar fans. To start with, SMUD is funding solar incentives to add 13.6 megawatts of new solar capacity in the Sacramento area. This program allows homeowners to contract direct with Sacramento solar installers for the installation of their own grid tied solar electric system. SMUD then offers the home or business owner a rebate based on expected system performance. Continue reading Sacramento Utility 2011 Budget Paints Bright Picture for Solar

Home Solar Installation Adventure, PG&E Playing Catch Up With Popularity

In October, we arrived at Jim and Patty Carlson’s house near Sacramento to give them the lowdown on home solar installation technology and costs. We crunched all the numbers, including anticipated costs and payback periods, as well as what could be expected through the installation and interconnection with PG&E. Our proposal alternatives varied based on the different panel types and size of system, but were generally in line with the homeowners solar installation specifications. Continue reading Home Solar Installation Adventure, PG&E Playing Catch Up With Popularity

Solar, Wind & High Speed Rail Projects Bringing 100K Jobs to Help Central Valley 18% Unemployment

Sacramento Ca Solar News – At a time when California needs to fire up the job machine there is a new report that suggests solar and wind will do exactly that. Recently released, the study indicates increasing solar, wind and other forms of renewable energy installation will put on 100,000 new jobs. The study, commissioned by the California Business Alliance for a Green Economy, looks at ongoing, approved and pending projects stretching from Sacramento to Bakersfield.

The majority of the potential jobs are in installation of solar, wind and other renewable energy utility projects. In order to realize these gains, however, the California voters must defeat prop 23 (Texas oil trying to overturn energy laws) and continue the pressure on Congress and Sacramento to power up solar and other forms of renewable energy.

California’s current solar and wind energy requirements have already helped to attract new energy and technology companies but we must keep the pressure on. Continue reading Solar, Wind & High Speed Rail Projects Bringing 100K Jobs to Help Central Valley 18% Unemployment

Opportunities for California residences to invest in solar energy is greater than ever before but we must keep pushing.

California, the eighth largest economy in the world, and a energy trendsetter for most of the globe, especially in renewable energy development. California is blessed with renewable resources like vast areas open to solar installations, wind and geothermal energy. Sacramento state leaders, like Governor Schwarzenegger, have responded to the call creating numerous solar installation rebates and incentives which many Californian’s have taken advantage of.

The California Energy Commission is pursuing ambitious goals, policies, and programs on climate change to do our share to reduce greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming. Californians have embarked on an ambitious “Million Solar Roof” initiative intended to capture California’s renowned solar energy. The program will create 3,000 megawatts of installed solar photovoltaic capacity by 2018.

However, the constrained availablity of credit has put a decline on demand and it is up to all of us to keep pushing back against those who would like to keep California on dirty fossel fuel. Industry leaders forecast dramatic growth in the California solar market with extension of credit. Another reason to vote NO on Prop 23 which is on the ballot this fall. Continue reading Opportunities for California residences to invest in solar energy is greater than ever before but we must keep pushing.

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