Nov 302009

And winter is a good season to research solar options, experts say. It's generally a slower time for the industry, which means companies may be willing to give you a better deal.

If you're thinking about going solar, here's a checklist of things to think about:

via Checklist for going solar – San Jose Mercury News.

Nov 302009

California State Law regarding Solar Rights of homeowners and businesses.

070123_RightsActPaperFINAL.pdf (application/pdf Object).

Nov 292009

Solar panels causing some storms —

Nov 292009

Energy efficiency helped California grow an extra $31 billion finds study

December 4, 2005

SUMMARY: Countering Bush administration claims to the contrary, environmental officials for the state of California and the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo have found significant evidence that greenhouse gas pollution can be substantially reduced at a profit rather than a cost. The study, commissioned by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, found that energy efficiency has helped the California economy grow an extra 3 percent – a $31 billion gain – compared to business as usual. Further, the researchers say that each Californian typically saved about $1,000 per year between 1975 and 1995 just through efficiency standards for buildings and appliances.

via Energy efficiency helped California grow an extra $31 billion finds study.

Nov 292009

Solar Power on New State Buildings – California

This law required the Department of General Services, in consultation with the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission, to ensure that solar energy equipment is installed, no later than January 1, 2007, on all state buildings and state parking facilities where feasible, as specified. It also would require solar energy equipment to be installed where feasible as part of the construction of all state buildings and state parking facilities that commences after December 31, 2002. The law would authorize the Director of General Services to exempt such a solar energy equipment project from specified advertising and competitive bidding requirements.

The interesting part of this proposal is contained in the provisions that define the term “feasible” and “cost effective.” According to the law, it is feasible to install solar energy equipment “if adequate space on a building is available, and if the solar energy equipment is cost-effective.” The bill defines cost-effective to mean “that the present value of the savings generated over the life of the solar energy system, including consideration of the value of the energy produced during peak and off-peak demand periods and the value of a reliable energy supply not subject to price volatility, shall exceed the present value cost of the solar energy equipment by not less than 10 percent. The present value cost of the solar energy equipment does not include the cost of unrelated building components. The department, in making the present value assessment, shall obtain interest rates, discount rates, and consumer price index figures from the Treasurer, and shall take into consideration air emission reduction benefits.”

The life cycle analysis requirement to determine cost-effectiveness that California has adopted in this law is not the first time its been used in California. Since 1992, proposed changes in California's energy code are also subjected to life-cycle cost analysis to determine cost-effectiveness before they are implemented.


* Full Text and History of California Bill SBX2 82 – Approved by Governor October 5, 2001

* California Energy Commission

* California Public Utilities Commission

via Solar Power on New State Buildings – California | The New Rules Project.

Nov 292009

Anaheim Public Utilities Celebrates Completion of Solar Power Projects at Two Elementary Schools

ANAHEIM, CA (September 16, 2004) –

Solar panels on lunch shelter at Clara

Barton Elementary School

Anaheim Public Utilities, in conjunction with its Sun Power for the Schools Program, celebrated the completion of two solar lunch shelters in a ceremony Wednesday at Clara Barton Elementary School. Solar electric systems were mounted on the roofs of lunch shelters at Barton and Melbourne Gauer Elementary School.

“These two solar projects are great examples of getting people engaged and working toward common goals for the benefit of their community,” said Anaheim generated by renewable energy sources—resources such as wind, geothermal, hydroelectric, biomass and solar.

Solar Lunch Shelter, Melbourne Gauer

Elementary School

Mayor Curt Pringle. “These programs are working because of the efforts of a lot of people, all coming together to make something happen. Today, we’re celebrating in the shade of an electric generating station that is putting out more than 8 kilowatts of electricity.

Sun Power for the Schools is one of two voluntary programs that support the efforts of Green Power for Anaheim. Green Power is electricity generated by renewable energy sources—resources such as wind, geothermal, hydroelectric, biomass and solar.

“We are proud of our long history of working to make our community more energy efficient,” said Ken Noller, Utilities interim general manager, “and we are particularly proud of our success in working with our schools on these types of projects.”

Check presentation (from left): Dr. Don Garcia, City School District Board

President; Sandra Barry, City School District Superintendent; Curt Pringle,

Anaheim Mayor; Ken Noller, Utilities Interim General Manager.

Pringle and Noller presented a $300,000 check to Anaheim City School District Board President Dr. Don Garcia and District Superintendent Sandra Barry. The funding, which was provided through the Sun Power for the Schools Program, was used to assist in the completion of the two solar energy projects. The school district was responsible for the balance ($272,591) of the project funding.

Customers may voluntarily contribute dollars on their monthly or bimonthly electric bills toward Sun Power for the Schools. Money raised through the program is used toward the purchase, installation and maintenance of solar power systems at Anaheim schools. These systems help schools save on their electric bills, reduce emissions, increase environmental awareness and provide comfortable areas for children to have their lunches.

Customers may also contribute to another voluntary program, Green Power for the Grid, where they can designate additional money on their utility bills to help offset the higher cost of buying more expensive green power.

For more information on the Green Power for Anaheim programs, please call 765-4250 or click here.

via City of Anaheim – Anaheim Public Utilities Celebrates Completion of Solar Power Projects at Two Elementary Schools.