Batteries to store solar energy could presage independence from utilities (OC Register)
If residential batteries become commonplace, regulations and electricity rate structures may need to change, said Brad Heavner, the policy director at the California Solar Energy Industries Association.
Rates will need to be structured to give people incentives to use less electricity from the grid at peak times and instead rely on battery power.
“To get widespread adoption, we’ll need a bigger difference between peak and off-peak time of use rates,” he said. “Policy makers want more solar, and they recognize if they want more solar, they’re going to need batteries.”
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 01:13 AM
One of the fastest-growing industries pays $60,000 entry level, is based in the Sacramento area (News10 ABC)
"There are two reasons why solar growing well in Sacramento region. One is the interest in high tech and solar is a high tech industry. The other is high energy bills in the summer when it's hot and the air conditioning load. That's leading to more people going solar and that means more jobs right here in Sacramento," Bernadette Del Chiaro, with CalSEIA said. "he state's solar industry association, says there are currently 54,000 solar energy jobs in California ... with more on the way. The industry is projected to grow by 20 percent this year."
Thursday, April 23, 2015 10:56 AM
Nonprofit goes solar through community based crowd-lending campaign
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – ODC, the San Francisco-based contemporary arts institution will be generating more than applause in the coming years. They will be generating their own electricity. Through a new crowd-lending campaign with CollectiveSun®, ODC has raised nearly $200,000 from their community for a solar power system. The community investors will be repaid at a 4.8% interest rate over 10 years.
Berkeley-based Sun Light & Power installed the 140 Canadian Solar, Inc. panels with 3 SMA Inverters on ODC’s two buildings in the Mission district: ODC Theater and the ODC Dance Commons. Lee Barken, Chief Community Officer at CollectiveSun® said "Sun Light & Power is a natural partner for CollectiveSun® as we reach out to communities to support solar power for nonprofits. Since Sun Light & Power is committed to making a positive difference in the world, we were delighted to see them selected by Oberlin Dance Collective for their project in San Francisco's Mission District. Sun Light & Power has gone above and beyond to make this project a success."
SolarCraft Completes Solar Power Installation for First Congregational Church of Sonoma
North Bay Church Makes the Switch to Solar
Sonoma, CA — Sonoma and Novato-based SolarCraft announced the completion of a 13.2 kW solar panel system at the First Congregation Church of Sonoma in Sonoma, CA. Designed and built by SolarCraft, the North Bay church’s system will reduce their carbon footprint and offset almost 90% of their PG&E usage.
The solar photovoltaic system is roof mounted on the west facing roof of the Church’s Burlingame Hall and consists of 48 LG 275-watt solar panels. The solar panels convert sunlight directly into electricity and is expected to generate approximately 17,969 kilowatt hours of energy annually, providing up to $4,700 in utility savings every year. Furthermore, Sonoma Clean Power’s favorable rate for solar customers, which give credits for energy exported to the grid, will generate additional savings.