Wednesday, May 13, 2015 10:15 AM

Stand Up for California Rooftop Solar and Solar Jobs – Thursday May 21 (PV Solar Report)

In California, our nation’s top solar state, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is considering changes to net metering. That by itself might not be so worrisome, but according to the California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA), the utilities in the state are proposing to do away with net metering altogether. When you add that to impending changes to the residential rate structure, solar advocates fear this could have a crippling effect on the solar market. With that market, of course, go solar jobs.

Over 2,000 solar companies in California employ 54,690 people. The state boasts 3 GW of solar installed on schools, farms, retailers, offices, and homes.

In response to the concern about what might happen to the industry in California, a solar worker rally is being organized to tell the CPUC, “Don’t kill my job!” Solar workers in the state are encouraged to participate and make their voices heard.

Thursday, May 21, from 8:45 to 10:00 am

Front steps of the California Public Utilities Commission
505 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco

Join other rooftop solar workers from around the state for a rally and press conference on the front steps of the CPUC at 8:45 am. After the brief rally, we will go into the CPUC voting meeting to make our presence felt. We will leave the meeting at approximately 10:00 am.

If you have any questions, you can contact Brad Heavner at CALSEIA, or Susannah Churchill at Vote Solar.

If you’re in California, we hope to see you there! You can RSVP here. If you can’t make it, consider signing this petition to save solar jobs.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 08:00 AM

ZBB Energy Announces Agile Hybrid Series Energy Storage for Commercial and Industrial Building Market (Marketwired)

Only ZBB's Agile Hybrid Storage Provides the Cost Effective Versatility Required to Meet the Changing Power and Energy Needs of Commercial and Industrial Building Owners


MILWAUKEE, WI - ZBB Energy Corporation (NYSE MKT: ZBB), a leading developer of innovative energy management systems solutions serving the utility and commercial and industrial (C&I) building markets, today announced the introduction of the Agile Hybrid Series, the first energy storage system optimized specifically for high performance, safety, longevity and ability to deliver both power and energy for all available behind-the-meter applications in commercial, industrial, multi-tenant and resort buildings.

Such buildings may have 10 or more different applications for energy storage, ranging from very short UPS type applications lasting seconds or minutes, to "rate or demand shift" type applications lasting several hours and backup applications for longer term outages. To perform all of these applications requires a storage system with versatility. The frequency at which the battery is discharged can range from numerous short cycles per day for applications such as frequency regulation or renewables firming, to a single extended cycle during the day as required for "smart export" or "peak shaving". Some storage technologies are good at short discharge, high frequency cycling and some are good at deep discharge, long duration cycling. There is no battery technology that is inherently optimized for performance, longevity and safety across all potential applications. The Agile Hybrid solution is simple, economical and safe and designed with the versatility required by C&I building owners.

Monday, May 04, 2015 04:05 PM

SolarCraft Brings Solar Power to Napa Valley Hospice and Adult Day Services

Napa Valley Non-Profit Goes Green


Novato, CA - Novato and Sonoma based SolarCraft announced the completion of a
106.3 kW solar electric panel system at Napa Valley Hospice and Adult Day Services (NVHADS) in Napa, CA. They are now generating their own power from the sun and saving thousands in utility costs each year. More importantly, with that savings they are able to provide more services to the community.    

“Making the change to solar power will have a profound, positive impact on our agency for many years to come,” said NVHADS President and CEO Linda Gibson.“We very much appreciate the quality, expertise, and professionalism that SolarCraft brought to this project, which is helping us become energy efficient and more sustainable, as well as able to focus more of our financial resources on patient care.”

Thursday, April 30, 2015 06:14 PM

Southern California Edison could hike electricity rates (The Desert Sun)

Under the proposed changes, the number of tiers would gradually be reduced from four to two from 2015 to 2019. By 2019, electricity use in the higher tier would cost just 20 percent more than electricity use in the lower tier, as opposed to the 114 percent difference between the higher and lowest tiers now. It's not yet clear what the cost for each of the two tiers would be.

The elimination of the pricey third and fourth tiers will mean there's less incentive for high-end electricity consumers to invest in solar power and energy-efficiency measures, consumer advocates and environmental groups say. It could also mean those consumers will have less incentive to save energy in general.

"None of it is good. It's bad for solar, bad for energy efficiency, no doubt about that," said Brad Heavner, policy director for the California Solar Energy Industries Association, a trade group. "It could have been worse, but probably not a whole lot worse."

Utilities commission representatives have downplayed the seriousness of those concerns.

Thursday, April 30, 2015 10:05 AM

CALSEIA applauds California's new greenhouse gas targets (PV Magazine)

The California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA) has welcomed California Governor Jerry Brown’s executive order to set a new 2030 greenhouse gas emission reduction target, claiming that the move puts California "in the driver’s seat toward a clean energy future and a strong economy".

Brown’s executive order will see California quadruple its greenhouse gas reduction from 1990 levels by 2020 40% further by 2030. 

Such ambitious goals have been applauded by CALSEIA’s executive director, Bernadette Del Chiaro, who said that not only would the transition prove the right thing to do for the state’s natural resources and public health, but would also benefit California’s economy, creating thousands of new employment opportunities.

"Today," said Del Chiaro, "54,000 people work in the solar industry and more than 2,000 companies are doing business here. We also expect a 20% increase in jobs in this year alone. Already, California’s solar industry employs more people than the state’s five largest utilities combined."

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