Wednesday, March 25, 2015 10:00 AM

Changes Made to Solar Rebate Program (Pool & Spa News)

A separate budget has been established solely for the solar pool heating system sub-program. Thirty percent of the thermal sub-program’s remaining funds will be dedicated to pool systems, totaling $50,078,180, according to the California Public Utilities Commission.

The program now also caps cash-back at 50 percent of the total system cost. This change, which went into effect Jan. 30, will have the most impact on future clients.

But stakeholders requested it to allow the funds to be spread over more projects, said Roy Heine, the founder of Suntrek Industries in Irvine, Calif.

Without the cap, some projects saw reimbursements of 90- to 100 percent of the cost of the solar systems.

“For a period of time, some pool owners got lucky with what CALSEIA would consider to be an improper rollout of the program by the utilities,” said Brad Heavner, policy director of the California Solar Energy Industries Association.

In addition, the calculator for figuring rebates was changed, but this will have little impact on amounts. The intent remains to reward those who purchase and install the equipment earlier in the rebate cycle.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 10:05 AM

California Solar Industry Works To Boost Diversity (KPBS)

Jeanine Cotter, president of a San Francisco Bay Area-based solar firm, is part of a team focused on building diversity. Cotter said that will make the solar industry more resilient.

"It would be important for the solar industry as well as any other industry to reflect the diversity of California both in the workforce and in the client base," Cotter said.

Sunday, March 22, 2015 10:00 AM

Sacramento airport plans to build on-site solar farm (Sacbee)

The solar arrays could be up and running in 2016, and would be the largest solar project for any customer in the Sacramento Municipal Utility District area, consisting mainly of Sacramento County, officials said.

“It’s a huge deal,” said Bernadette Del Chiaro, executive director of the California Solar Energy Industries Association. “I applaud the airport.”


Sunday, March 22, 2015 09:29 AM

Going solar? In Coachella Valley, plenty of choices (The Desert Sun)

 The desert's intense heat leads to busy air conditioners, meaning valley residents can save a lot of money by generating electricity themselves. The cost of heating a swimming pool also drives up electricity bills.

"You just naturally have high electric bills out there, which makes solar really pay for itself more quickly than in other parts of the state," said Bernadette del Chiaro, executive director of the California Solar Energy Industries Association, a Sacramento-based trade group.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 10:32 AM

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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