Category: News

CPUC Proposes to Protect Net Metering!

If that headline sounds like a second language to you, here’s the simple translation: the utilities proposed to gut one of the most significant benefits to solar customers. We wrote, picketed, called and chanted, and the California Public Utilities Commission… Read more »

The Clock’s Running on Your 30% Solar Investment Tax Credit!

The Investment Tax Credit (ITC) offered by the federal government offers benefits to a very wide group of people. Home owners, commercial entities, the solar industry (and the overall economy itself) have gained from a 30% solar credit. But unless our government votes… Read more »

Solarize Ventura A Huge Success

The home run record of the Solarize programs organized and administered by the Community Environmental Coalition (CEC) of Santa Barbara continues unbroken with the recent success of Solarize Ventura. Check it out Mention this blog and you will be offered… Read more »

Battery Backup Incentive Finally In Full Swing

Having grid-tied solar is great, but having a reliable renewable source of electricity even when the power goes out is even better. Now, since the the California Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) has been brought back with Advanced Energy Storage (aka… Read more »

Want to see how it’s done? Check this out:

Step-by-step video of yet another new solar electric system by CSE Also, here’s a couple of good reads about regional electricity prices past, present and future: Average Rates by Customer Class Years 2000-2011 (2) downloads_pdf_White_Paper_Calif_Elec_Prices The-Future-of-Electricity-Prices-in-California Average Rates by Customer… Read more »

New Group Solar Purchase Program Kicks Off In Ventura

SOLARIZE VENTURA -Maryann Ridini Spencer for SustainableVentura.TV SOLARIZE VENTURA: Power your home with clean renewable energy When you turn on a light, work at the computer, watch television, or blend up your favorite fruit smoothie, you may not think about… Read more »

Yolo County Government Buildings Go Grid Positive!

Yolo County government just west of Sacramento County, now produces 152 percent more energy from solar panels than it uses. In 2010, the Yolo County government was facing an annual $1.4 million electric bill. Now, after working with SunPower to… Read more »