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San Francisco catches on to bulk solar purchasing

By Alex Zielinski
San Francisco catches on to bulk solar purchasing

In an effort to boost the city’s solar energy use, San Francisco officials launched a pioneering program today keying in on a simple model: group discounts. “[email protected]”, developed by the city’s Department of the Environment and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, encourages commercial business owners to join together to create one solar purchasing group....
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California hits record in solar power installations

By Alison Hawkes

In 2010, California increased its solar power installations by 46 percent over 2009. It's now halfway towards state 2016 goals for the solar industry.
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California expands solar power tax incentives

By Alison Hawkes

Freestanding structures and sale-leaseback arrangements will pass less in taxes for the solar power they install.
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California ships solar-processed rice to Japan

By Alison Hawkes

Want some sunshine with that sushi? A California farm is the first to produce 100 percent solar processed food for export.
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Santa Clara electric utility No. 1 in solar power

By Alison Hawkes

Silicon Valley Power has topped the nation of electric utilities with the most solar power installed per customer. The Santa Clara municipal utility installed 1.8 megawatts of solar last year, sending an average of 40 watts to each customer. PG&E came in second place with a total of 157 megawatts installed in 2010. [Read...
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San Francisco’s City Hall getting solar panels

By Alison Hawkes

San Francisco is calling for bids to install solar panels on top of City Hall and the nearby Davis Symphony Hall. The decision comes despite a disagreement with unions, which could take years to settle.
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Solar powered Superfund clean up in Davis

By Victoria Schlesinger

Officials unveiled a solar-powered cleaning system yesterday installed at the Frontier Fertilizer Superfund site in Davis, California, championed as a model for other toxic clean up sites. Solar energy will power a water pump and filtration system that is purifying tens of millions of gallons of contaminated groundwater. The water will initially be treated...
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Marin outshining the nation

By Alison Hawkes

Marin County is outshining the nation in providing the highest amount of renewable energy to its residents — a whopping 78 percent non-fossil, non-nuclear, according to the Marin Energy Authority. As the public authority in charge of providing Marin’s  renewable energy alternatives points out, the eco-power is not any more expensive than what regular...
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