Case Study: Solar and Energy Efficiency in Oakland

Learn in this case study from SunPower about municipal solar and energy efficiency investments made by the City of Oakland: Oakland recognizes the need to implement sustainable strategies that ensure both the long-term economic health and the environmental quality of its community. By leveraging one of California’s most abundant resources, sunshine, Oakland made the decision…

UC Berkeley Study Reviews Implications of Zero Net Energy in Southern California: Costs and Jobs Created

A new study completed by UC Berkeley and requested by the Southern California Regional Energy Network (SoCalREN) and its workforce development partner, Emerald Cities Collaborative, reviews the expected costs, and jobs created, in achieving zero-net-energy across SoCalREN territory’s buildings in the municipal, university, schools, and hospitals (or “MUSH”) sectors. To quote from the study’s Executive…

White House Names 16 ‘Climate Action Champions’ From Across the Nation – Including Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe, San Francisco, and Sonoma County Regional Climate Protection Authority

California’s leaders were named as 3 of the nation’s 16 Climate Action Champions.“The selected communities will benefit from facilitated peer-to-peer learning opportunities and (more…)

City Hall Celebration for HERO Program Launch in Modesto

The City of Modesto celebrated the official launch of the Home Energy Renovation Opportunity (HERO) program launch earlier this month at Modesto’s City Hall. The HERO Program, a PACE financing model, provides full project cost for water and energy efficiency upgrades over 5, 10, 15, or 20 years. The HERO Program started taking applications this…

Energy Storage System, EV Charging System Unveiled at Lancaster Museum

The City of Lancaster, utilizing a grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC) and contracting with Green Charge Networks, has installed an energy storage system and EV fast charging station at its Museum of Art and History (MOAH). The system lowers the Museum’s energy costs to reduce the facility’s peak demand by storing energy from the grid…

Rancho Cucamonga Attracts Companies as Solar Leader

Read in the Daily Bulletin about how the City of Rancho Cucamonga is becoming a solar hub. Residential installations of solar climbed from 256 taking place in 2012, to 680 in 2013. City officials say the reduction of fees and streamlining of permits have contributed to the increase. The City is also the site of the Inland…

Alameda County’s Santa Rita Jail Leverages PG&E Pilot Incentives for Demand Response

Through a new pilot program for large customers with renewable energy that provides incentives for demand response adjustments in grid usage, Alameda County’s Santa Rita Jail is seeing new income from PG&E. Click here to learn more from PG&E’s newsletter. Learn more about Santa Rita’s 2 megawatt microgrid system using fuel cells, solar, energy storage,…

Commercial Building Energy Efficiency 101: U.S. Department of Energy Video

Looking for resources to share with your jurisdiction’s commercial partners on the opportunities and the value of commercial building energy efficiency? Take a look at the U.S. Department of Energy video, below. The video provides a quick description of how the whole building approach to new buildings can save up to 70% of a building’s…

“Clean Energy Finance Guide” from Pasadena provides community with resources for EE and renewables

A new guide produced by the Center for Sustainable Energy for Pasadena Water and Power helps customers navigate funding and financing options for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The guide focuses on existing 2014 resources, but provides weblinks on each topic for updates.

Visalia’s Climate Action Plan

The City of Visalia’s Climate Action Plan was released last month. Highlighted are the City’s existing accomplishments – including compressed natural gas and hybrid vehicles, HVAC retrofits in municipal buildings, LED streetlighting installs, and solar photovoltaics at the Visalia airport – and plans for further energy reductions, including further lighting upgrades, municipal solar program expansion,…

Video: Zero Net Energy (ZNE) Training Center in San Leandro

Hear from the Mayor of the City of San Leandro and IBEW on how the new San Leandro Zero Net Energy Training Center was developed. Using smart designs for heat rejection, thermal mass gains, and daylighting by season, LED lighting, variable refrigerant flow (VRF) that also heats the domestic hot water system, and solar and…