City of San Diego Honored for Energy Efficiency, Demand Response, Electric Vehicles, and Renewables

This City of San Diego press release contains a great list of programming that the City has implemented in pursuit of its energy efficiency and sustainability goals – programming that has saved the City energy, money, and led to the City being honored at SDG&E’s recent Energy Showcase Event. Activities undertaken by the City include: Installation…

Grass Valley Installs Energy-Saving Roof, Gets Ready for LED Lighting, Solar PV, Solar Thermal, and HVAC Installs

The City of Grass Valley’s City Hall needed a new roof, and the City used the opportunity to install a new roof membrane with several inches of foam insulation – this relatively simple energy conservation measure will save the City energy and money for the life of the project. Grass Valley is also getting ready for…

City of San Francisco Solar Manager Job Open

The Renewable Energy Program Manager is a dynamic position looking for someone who wants limited travel, infrequent evening meetings, 40 hours per week, flexibility in the schedule, and great fringe benefits. Go to this link to get the official announcement and application: http://www.jobaps.com/SF/sup/bulpreview.asp?R1=PEX&R2=5642&R3=901049

School Reduces Peak Energy Consumption 20% with IceBank Tanks

With summer temperatures beginning to hit triple digits in many parts of California, keeping cool and not going broke doing it is on people’s minds.  Here is how one school district in Texas is achieving that.  To read the full article, go here:  http://energymanagertoday.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=c1e20e0b69c9215ccf2bb5196&id=9ae2878b46&e=ebbe593b6d

Sharing Best Practices: ZNE Best Practices Connect Lancaster and Hermosa Beach

The City of Hermosa Beach and the City of Lancaster met over Earth Day to review best practices in going carbon neutral. The City of Lancaster is aiming for carbon neutrality by (more…)

Demand for Tesla Powerwall Energy Storage Exceeds Expectations

Last week I provided a link to an article in Forbes magazine about Tesla’s announcement of their new Powerwall residential energy storage technology. Following that announcement, I had several conversations with energy stakeholders questioning the market demand for residential energy storage. This article in Forbes a week later seems to answer those questions. To read…

City of Woodland’s New Housing for Agricultural Workers First Multi-Family to Receive DOE Zero Energy Ready Certification

After housing, energy costs in utility bills are often farmworkers’ biggest expense. A new 62-unit multi-family housing project in the City of Woodland has succeeded in cutting its residents’ bills – while also achieving the first multi-family Zero Energy Ready Home certification from the U.S. Department of Energy. Click here to learn more about the…

Palo Alto Named as 2015 Acterra Business Environmental Award Winner

The City of Palo Alto has been named a 2015 Business Environmental Award winner and recipient of the Acterra Award for Sustainability in recognition of the City’s overall approach, commitment and leadership in sustainability. Per the City’s press release: Specifically, Palo Alto was one of the first cities in the nation to adopt a Climate Action…

Marin Sustainability Tracker Shares and Encourages EE Progress

The Marin Sustainability Tracker is a new and easy-to-use online tool that shares progress made throughout Marin County on different community goals – including community- and household-level energy use, deployment of solar photovoltaics (PV) and other green energy, deployment of LED streetlights, and participation in energy efficiency and sustainability programs such as PACE programs and…

City of Jackson Adopts Energy Action Plan

The City of Jackson’s City Council has adopted its new Energy Action Plan, available here. The Plan features strategies to find energy and cost savings, including utilization of existing Sierra Nevada Energy Watch commercial sector programs and Energy Upgrade California for residential programming, promotion of on-bill financing and PACE financing to support energy improvements, development of…
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