New Report: Ranks Top U.S. Cities for Installed Solar – California Cities Lead the Way


Sacramento – Today, Environment California Research & Policy Center released a new report: “Shining Cities:  At the Forefront of America’s Solar Energy Revolution.”  The report ranks Los Angeles  #1 among major cities nationwide for the amount of installed solar power, and provides a first-of-its-kind comparative look at the growth of solar in major American cities.  Closely following Los Angeles is San Diego in the 2nd spot, San Jose - 4th,  San Francisco - 9th and Sacramento - 12th (Top 20 list below). 


New Report: San Jose Ranks 4th Among Major U.S. Cities for Installed Solar

San Jose – Today, Environment California Research & Policy Center was joined at the Tech Museum of Innovation by San Jose Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen, the California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA) and local renewable energy advocates to release a new report: “Shining Cities:  At the Forefront of America’s Solar Energy Revolution.”  The report ranks San Jose fourth in the nation for the amount of solar installed and second for per capita solar installations, and provides a first-of-its-kind comparative look at the growth of solar in major American cities (Top 20 list below).

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 06:51 PM

KYOCERA Solar Modules Successfully Pass TÜV Rheinland’s Salt Mist Corrosion Test

IEC61701:2011 Edition 2, Severity Level 6 is highest testing level in the industry


Kyocera announced today that its entire product line of solar modules has passed the Salt Mist Corrosion Test, IEC61701:2011 Edition 2, Severity Level 6, administered by TÜV Rheinland in Tempe, Arizona, demonstrating that Kyocera’s modules maintain performance even under very severe environmental conditions. Successfully passing this independent, third-party test indicates that Kyocera’s solar modules, which are the product of more than 38 years of continuous research and development, are ideally suited for long-term deployment in marine and coastal areas.


Solar trackers help one of North Bay's largest recyclers reduce energy costs


Cotati, CA – February 26, 2014 … When the North Bay’s largest recycler of rubble materials saw their electric bills double overnight due to a rate redesign, they looked to solar to help. 

Through local solar installer North Coast Solar, the Soiland Company recently commissioned a 202 kW, 33 "dual axis" solar tracker installation in Cotati, California. 

The 52 year old company provides innovative approaches to construction and material supply needs. They produce rock, soil, and compost products at their three locations in Sonoma County, California and they are a leading recycler of rubble materials in the area.

“The decision to go solar not only made economic sense, but really aligned with Soiland’s environmental values. Since the Soiland Company’s inception, we have always strived to be as sustainable and environmentally responsible as possible,” said Mark Soiland, the second generation owner of Soiland.  The company first went solar in 2007 and has pursued other environmental measures, such as equipment upgrades to reduce smog even before it was required by state regulations.  

Working with their local utility, the newly installed system will help Soiland cut their energy bills by more than half and is projected to pay for itself in just seven years.

 Local installer North Coast Solar recently partnered with the Vermont-based AllSun Tracker manufacturer AllEarth Renewables to bring their innovative solar tracker to northern California.  

The solar trackers use GPS technology to accurately follow the sun from dawn to dusk, producing up to 40 percent more energy than fixed rooftop or ground mount systems.  The dual axis tracker was named a “Top-10 Green Product of the Year” by BuildingGreen magazine.  The ground-mounted solar systems are designed for homes, businesses, non-profits, and commercial-scale installations.   More than 1,750 units are operating throughout the United States.

“When the Soilands approached me about helping them reduce their sharply escalated electric bill I turned to AllEarth Renewables in Vermont. Their AllSun Tracker gives the best return on their investment with significantly higher electrical output during the day.  It will help with stabilizing their energy budget over the long term and reduce inflation risk.  It will provide decades of energy cost security for this local green business leader,” said Brian Hines of North Coast Solar.

President and CEO of AllEarth Renewables, David Blittersdorf added, “It is great to be partnering with North Coast Solar to bring our technology to northern California and particularly exciting to see it help such a great family business like Soiland go solar and save on their electric bills.”

Photo: A 202kW solar farm of AllSun Trackers provides energy and savings to the Soiland Company in Cotati, CA.


Media Contacts: 
Kjell Kallman, Soiland,
Brian Hines, North Coast Solar,
Andrew Savage, AllEarth Renewables,

Solar Provides Another Win For Schools

Chaffey Joint Unified High School District projected to save millions through solar energy project


SACRAMENTO - Last week, in a unanimous vote, the Chaffey Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees approved a 7.2 MW solar system across eight of their high school sites, becoming the latest California school district to look to solar power to save money.

The project, to be designed, built, and operated by PsomasFMG, LLC, is expected to provide nearly 50 percent of the total electricity the schools consume and save them millions of dollars over the course of the agreement between Chaffey Joint Unified School District and PsomasFMG.

“We are very excited to be working with such a forward thinking District,” said PsomasFMG President Paul Mikos.  “The savings generated from this solar project can go directly back into classrooms, where it is needed most.  The School Board and District staff did their homework before going forward with the project.  They have shown excellent vision in championing this project.”

The Chaffey Unified School District will join over a dozen California school districts who have turned to solar power, including Antelope Valley Union School District (9.6 MW), Milpitas Unified School District in Santa Clara County (3.4 MW), and Sweetwater Union High School District in San Diego, who not only has a 5.3 MW solar PV system, but also a solar thermal system that heats two swimming pools, among many other school districts that have gone solar.

“This cutting-edge partnership serves immediate and long-term needs – saving energy, saving money and creating educational opportunities for our students,” said Mathew Holton, Chaffey District Superintendent.

With a partnership with PsomasFMG, Chaffey Unified School District plans to further capitalize on going solar to use the project to provide a mentoring and internship program, as well as educational opportunities in science and technology for the students as they prepare for future careers.

“Schools have only just begun to tap into the enormous potential solar has for helping schools cut costs and provide clean air for its students to breathe,” said Bernadette Del Chiaro, Executive Director of the California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA).

CALSEIA, the California Solar Energy Industries Association, is the nation’s oldest and largest state-based solar industry association representing manufacturers, installers, and distributors of solar panels and related components and technologies throughout the state.

Kelsea Jones
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