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California Renewable Energy Standard Raised to 33%, Gov. Brown Hints at 40%

California Governor Jerry Brown yesterday signed into law a mandate requiring utilities get a third of their electricity from renewable resources like solar panels and wind turbines.

The new bill promises to bring certainty to a fast-growing market for solar energy, in particular. With the transition to a new Governor this year, the future of California's renewables portfolio standard was periodically brought into question (see here and here). Without formal legislative action, the standard would have remained stuck at 20 percent rather than the more aggressive 33 percent.

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More Solar Power Coming to Sacramento, California

Posted by Adam Sewall In Monday, April 4 2011 under: Solar Power Info, SolarCity, Sacramento, California Solar

SolarCity, a fast-growing company that provides solar lease options to homeowners in many parts of the country, today announced it plans to install more than 8,000 solar panels for the City of Sacramento, California.

At 1.9 megawatts (MW), the solar panel installation would be the largest such facility in the city and would produce around 2.6 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) in the first year of operation -- enough to power roughly 235 typical American homes.

“This project is a triple win for Sacramento -- it will save taxpayers money by lowering the city’s energy costs, reduce pollution by generating renewable power, and create more local jobs to install the panels,” said [Sacramento] Mayor Kevin Johnson. “It’s our goal to become a greener city and generating clean energy on our facilities is keeping with that commitment.”

Go Sacramento!

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Yolo County Completes California Solar Installation at Detention Center

Posted by GetSolar Staff In Thursday, July 29 2010 under: Yolo County, Davis, Solar PV Panels, Sacramento, California Solar

Yolo County in northern California was able to piece together a variety of clean energy bonds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and a 15-year, one percent interest loan from the California Energy Commission (CEC) in order to install a 1-megawatt (MW) solar energy system at its county jail in Woodland. Located north of Davis and northwest from Sacramento, Woodland's new 3,560-panel installation was completed and officially put online at a 9 a.m. ceremony on Tuesday morning. The feat was done at no out-of-pocket cost to the county.

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Site Confirmed For New Sacramento, California Solar Plant

Solar energy developer and manufacturer Solar Power, Inc. (SOPW) announced today that the company will build its 100,000 sq ft, 50 mW capacity solar panel plant at the McClellan Business Park in Sacramento County, California. The company settled on Sacramento earlier this month as the home for its new facility and has plans to build a 10 mW solar farm in the county as well.

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Sacramento Solar Power Plant Expansion On Track

Posted by Margaret Collins In Tuesday, February 2 2010 under: Commercial Solar, Sacramento, California Solar

In June 2009, construction started on a 3.6 MW solar energy plant at aerospace giant Aerojet's Sacramento location. In November 2009, Aerojet (a GenCorp Group company, NYSE: GY) and solar installer Solar Power, Inc. (OTCBB: SOPW) announced they were dreaming big: they were commissioning a 2.4 MW expansion to the system, which would expand it to 6 MW and make it the largest industrial solar panel installation in California--and one of the largest in the country.

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Sacramento Lands Federal Solar Energy Grant

Posted by Adam Sewall In Monday, October 19 2009 under: Solar Energy Grants, SMUD, Sacramento, California Solar

As observers are pointing out, to date, only a fraction of the federal stimulus funds have been doled out. A full two-thirds of the $787 billion promised by Washington is still left to be disbursed in 2010. The lag is even more pronounced when it comes to government investment in clean energy development: as Bloomberg reports, the U.S., China and other large economies are together sitting on 91 percent of the $177 billion promised in so-called "green stimulus funds."

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Solar Powered Cake

Posted by Margaret Collins In Thursday, October 15 2009 under: Cake, Borrego, Solar PV Panels, Sacramento, California Solar

If you're thinking of a motorized cake stand that runs on solar, or maybe one of those awesome little cupcake cars (I recommend YouTube), I applaud your imagination--but come on now folks, you can't have solar powered cake. Seriously. What you can have is a new Cake album recorded in a solar-powered studio. As the band's press release on Tuesday stressed, the album is being "written, rehearsed and recorded entirely with solar power."

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Sacramento OKs Local Feed-in Tariff

Posted by Adam Sewall In Thursday, July 23 2009 under: Solar PV Panels, Sacramento, Feed In Tariff, California Solar

There are many different ways to promote the adoption of renewable power. There are rebates and grants, federal tax credits, state tax credits, refundable state tax credits, renewable energy certificates (RECs), zero- or low-interest loans, energy-efficient mortgages, power purchase agreements, solar lease programs... you get the picture. Among the options, one of the most effective -- in terms of encouraging the most renewable energy installations -- is the feed-in tariff (FIT). As you'll read below, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) recently approved a feed-in tariff for residential customers.

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