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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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.