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2008-10-10 21:00:26

By Kristin Bender Berkeley workshops for residents interested in new solar financing plan: The city of Berkeley is holding three workshops this month for property owners interested in learning more about a first-of-its- kind city program to help people with the cost of solar installation by tacking the cost onto their property tax bills over a 20-year period. The workshops for the Berkeley Financing Initiative for Renewable and Solar Technologies program will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m...

2008-10-08 15:00:33

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Pacific Gas and Electric Company today celebrated the 25,000th net metered solar interconnection in its northern and central California service area, representing almost half of the nation's customer-owned solar. Net energy metering allows eligible renewable customers to offset the cost of their electric usage with energy they export to the power grid. The 25,000th PG&E net metered solar customer, David Bower, is also part of the California...

2008-10-07 12:00:45

SolarCity(R), already California's top residential solar power provider according to records kept by the California Public Utilities Commission, today announced a major Southern California expansion. The company is expanding its Southern California sales force to extend its first-of-its-kind solar lease offering to an area encompassing more than 8 million additional residents in Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. The company also opened a new installation...

2008-10-02 00:00:20

To: NATIONAL EDITORS Contact: Jim Owen, +1-202-256-8447, for The Edison Electric Institute WASHINGTON, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "We're extremely encouraged by the Senate's vote, and it's absolutely critical that the House quickly follows suit. We know this is an exceptionally difficult vote, and we appreciate the Senate's leadership. "This bipartisan legislation is essential to easing the credit crunch that is hurting consumers and businesses alike. Electric utilities rely...

2008-09-22 09:00:49

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- SolFocus announced today that its flagship commercial product, the SF-1000P Concentrator Photovoltaic (CPV) panels, has met the rigorous reliability and safety standards of the California Energy Commission (CEC) and has been approved by the CEC to be placed on the Eligible California Solar Initiative (CSI) Photovoltaic Modules Renewables Equipment List. This listing assures customers that the solar equipment has been thoroughly tested for...

2008-08-27 18:00:49

A new loan program will enable more APS customers to take advantage of rebates and tax incentives available for adding personal renewable energy systems. An agreement between APS and the non-profit Electric & Gas Industries Association (EGIA) provides competitive, unsecured installment financing for a personal renewable energy generating system, such as roof-top solar electric, solar water heaters and windmills. The new GEOSmart loan is designed to eliminate the up-front cost, which...

2008-08-26 06:00:51

RENO, Nev., Aug. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Due to the success of the SolarGenerations Program, Sierra Pacific Power and Nevada Power Company are expanding their renewable energy programs to include cash incentives for wind and hydroelectric power systems as well as photovoltaic solar systems. Both Nevada utilities are wholly-owned subsidiaries of Sierra Pacific Resources . Rebates will soon be available to help customers offset installation costs for wind turbines and small,...

2008-08-14 03:00:42

By Kevin Smith ROSEMEAD - Southern California Edison has long been a leader among utilities for its use of alternative power sources. But the company's plan to create a massive rooftop solar-energy generating complex in the Inland Empire has come under fire from solar companies, industry trade groups and others who argue it would give Edison too much of a monopoly on California's solar market. The move, they say, would inhibit competition from others who can't compete with Edison's...

2008-08-07 21:00:26

OCR Solar & Roofing, through their relationship with global leader BP Solar, will install potentially 2,000 BP Solar Home Solutions(R) systems on Trilogy(TM) by Shea Homes communities in California, as part of Trilogy's national solar power offering. Trilogy will offer free solar power systems on new homes as part of its ongoing commitment to reducing the carbon footprint of homes in all of its Shea Homes Active Lifestyle(TM) Communities across four states. "Trilogy's national...

2008-07-18 09:01:06

The New Jersey-based Public Service Electric and Gas Company has announced that it is offering its solar loan program to residential customers. The company officially launched the residential program after making a compliance filing with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. The program, reportedly the first of its kind in the US, is expected to help homeowners install solar energy systems in their homes, enabling them to take an active part in reducing greenhouse gases. The...


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