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SolarCraft Brings Solar Power to Spirit Rock

Sun Shines on West Marin Meditation Center

 

Novato, CA (February 2015)—Novato and Sonoma based SolarCraft has completed the construction of a 115.6 kW solar electric system at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA .  The installation of the solar photovoltaic array will reduce the Center’s carbon footprint and power their facilities with sunlight.

Sustainability and the environment are top priorities for Spirit Rock, as stated by co-founder, Jack Kornfield, “'Move through the world with care', taught the Buddha. Spirit Rock is a generator of metta, sending loving kindness across the world. Now our beautiful sunlight generates clean energy, a new form of care, and a reminder to us all to lovingly tend the earth."

This ground mounted solar electric system spans consists of  (335) Sunpower 345 watt high-efficiency solar modules, providing power to the administrative offices, guest facilities and the meditation hall with renewable energy, reducing Spirit Rock utility costs by over 90%.

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Apply now for the Intersolar AWARD and ees AWARD 2015!

Once again, CALSEIA – the voice of California’s solar industry – and Intersolar North America, are teaming up to offer CALSEIA members many benefits at Intersolar:

·         25% booth space discount (see: member rate pricing)!

·         20% Discount on Intersolar’s first-class conference programs

·         Complimentary “Expo Hall Passes”

·         Discounted Group Tickets for Solar Summerfest

…and, as an exhibitor you can participate in the industry flagship AWARD!

 

How innovative is your company? See how it measures up against the competition

at the solar industry’s flagship contest – the Intersolar AWARD 2015. The organizers

of Intersolar are presenting the Intersolar AWARD for the eighth time running, with

the support of international industry associations. The ees AWARD, introduced at Intersolar Europe 2014, honors innovative products and solutions for electrical energy storage, e.g. product components or technical innovations in the fields of materials, production, systems, applications, second use, and recycling.

If you are an exhibitor for the upcoming Intersolar event in San Francisco, register now and submit your application via this link http://ow.ly/IlmpF!
Deadline ends on March 27, 2015. Please find more information here: www.intersolarglobal.com/award

For further inquiries or for more information, do not hesitate to contact us: contact@intersolar-award.com, contact@ees-award.com, Tel.:  +49 7664 5051385

 
Monday, February 16, 2015 08:15 AM

Job growth booms in solar sector; Monterey County homeowners take advantage of incentives. (Monterey County Weekly)

“California’s solar industry is turning sunshine into gold in the form of tens of thousands of jobs,” CALSEIA Executive Director Bernadette Del Chiaro stated in a press release. “We employ over 50,000 Californians with jobs that can’t be outsourced.”

The trade group credits pro-solar state and federal policies. Solar jobs grew by 15.8 percent in California, while overall job growth was up 2.2 percent, from 2013 to 2014.

The main driver of new solar jobs? Two words: residential rooftop.

 

 
Thursday, February 12, 2015 12:30 PM

California's Solar Industry Job Growth Outpaces Rest of State

 Solar Employs More Workers Than State’s Five Largest Utilities Combined Driven Mostly by Rooftop Market

 

Sacramento - Solar power is quickly becoming an economic powerhouse in California, thanks to consistent pro-solar policies adopted at the state and federal levels. According to data contained in a recent report by the Solar Foundation, along with analysis by the California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA), California’s solar industry now employs more people than the state’s five largest utilities.

 “California’s solar industry is turning sunshine into gold in the form of tens of thousands of jobs,” said Bernadette Del Chiaro, executive director of CALSEIA. “We employ over 50,000 Californians with jobs that can’t be outsourced.”

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015 12:52 PM

Intersolar North America 2015 Highlights Solar Financing Models, Policy Developments and New Technologies in 45 Conference Sessions

CALSEIA again will play an invaluable role shaping conference programs at Intersolar North America that chart a path forward on important issues facing the industry. CALSEIA recently released its 2014 annual report highlighting successful campaigns in the last year, which include extending net metering rules, streamlining permitting guides and supporting energy storage incentives. Additionally, the report shows that California solar industry now employs 47,000 people, more than the state’s three investor-owned utilities combined. 

Intersolar North America brings together leaders from across the solar value chain, and is a critical networking event for CALSEIA. The two organizations announced at last year’s conference and exhibition the formation of a long-term agreement to strengthen solar policies in California through joint campaigns and programs.

“We achieved critical policy victories in 2014, including passing the nation’s first statewide permitting law,” said Bernadette Del Chiaro, executive director of the CALSEIA. “In partnership with Intersolar North America, we are able to draw attention to the strategic initiatives that will usher solar to the mainstream. We look forward to developing panels and programs that provide the industry with the insights needed to grow the solar market in California and beyond.”

 
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