AB 2188 (Muratsuchi) Aims To Cut Byzantine Permitting Procedures For Homeowners Wins Bipartisan Support
May 27, 2014
Update 4:11pm, May 27. Final vote count is 58-8.
SACRAMENTO - A bill establishing a streamlined permitting and inspection procedure for small, residential solar energy systems passed out of the State Assembly today. Assembly Bill 2188 takes aim at the patchwork quilt of costly ‘red tape’ permitting procedures in 500 cities and counties statewide promising to lower costs for homeowners and local governments alike.
SolarCraft Completes Installation of Solar Power System on Hess Production Facility Energy Independent Napa Valley Winery Enjoys Flat Energy Costs
Novato, CA(May 2014)—Novato and Sonoma based SolarCraft announced the completion of a 649 kW solar power system at Hess Collection Winery providing nearly 100% of the electrical needs for its Napa, CA production facility. Designed and built by SolarCraft, the new system will reduce Hess’s utility costs by thousands every year, while reducing the load on the local utility grid.
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).
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.