Coldwell Solar & Sonoma Clean Power complete 2 MW local solar project

Coldwell Solar, the solar company for agricultural, commercial and utility-scale solar, and Sonoma Clean Power (SCP), the public electricity provider for Sonoma and Mendocino counties, announced today the completion of a two-megawatt solar power system located in rural Petaluma. The completion of the solar project will culminate with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on July 17th at 4990 D Street Extension, Petaluma, California. The 4990 D Street Extension is one of two one-megawatt systems that make up SCP’s renewable energy project. The projects have the capacity to power 600 homes.

“Today is a huge milestone in our journey toward a clean energy future for Sonoma and Mendocino counties,” said SCP CEO Geof Syphers The two one-megawatt projects generate electricity for SCP customers enrolled in the EverGreen service, SCP’s 100 percent local renewable electricity service.

Coldwell Solar developed the two-megawatt solar system for Sonoma Clean Power through Power Purchase Agreements. Under the terms of the 20-year agreements, Coldwell Solar leases land from local landowners, and builds, operates and maintains the solar energy systems for Sonoma Clean Power. The projects are part of SCP’s ProFIT program that allows landowners to lease their under-utilized land to generate clean and renewable utility-scale solar energy.

“We are thrilled to celebrate this achievement,” said Dave Hood, Coldwell Solar CEO. “We look forward to a long partnership helping Sonoma Clean Power deliver on its goal to provide local renewable energy to its sustainably-minded customers.”

East Bay Community Energy wants to power the community

By the end of this year, most homes and businesses in Alameda County will be buying electricity, not from PG&E, but from the newly formed East Bay Community Energy (EBCE). This public “community choice aggregation” program, like those now operating in other Bay Area counties, was created to provide electricity at lower cost and with fewer greenhouse-gas emissions than the traditional investor-owned utility.

But EBCE is a new kind of community choice program, according to the unprecedented coalition of labor and community organizers whose years of advocacy helped to shape it. “The centerpiece of what makes EBCE different is the ability of the community to benefit from the development of renewable energy,” explained Al Weinrub, executive director of the nonprofit Local Clean Energy Alliance.

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Renewable electricity service launches in tri-county area

An upbeat ceremony was staged Thursday in Santa Cruz to commemorate the launch of Monterey Bay Community Power’s residential service in Santa Cruz, San Benito and Monterey counties.

The launch is the second phase of MBCP’s 100 percent renewable electrical service while in March the same company began offering renewable energy to commercial, agriculture and industrial companies in the same tri-county area.

“We are here to recognize the residential service launch of our program,” said Bruce McPherson, Santa Cruz County Supervisor and MBCP Policy Board chairman. “Now we are going to serving more 750,000 residents in our tri-county area. This is the most significant public service operation that I have been associated with in my public service life.” MBCP is the first agency of its type in California to launch as a tri-county operation including counties of Santa Cruz, San Benito and Monterey and 16 cities.

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MCE Solar Customers Earn $1.8 million for excess energy production in 2017-2018

MCE’s annual cash-out process for rooftop solar customers is currently underway, offering over $1.8 million in check payments to purchase the excess solar electricity generated by customers. “We’re proud to support over 10,000 solar customers in the Bay Area, and we’re grateful to them for adding 100% renewable power to our community energy supply,” said Dawn Weisz, CEO of MCE. “Over the last five years, NEM program recipients have included local schools and public agencies, like cities and fire stations. It’s rewarding to see so many customers get a return on their environmental investment.”

MCE’s Net Energy Metering program compensates solar customers at the full retail rate plus an extra penny per kilowatt-hour for excess electricity generated.

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Silicon Valley Clean Energy delivers on bold renewable energy promises

Silicon Valley Clean Energy has exceeded the state mandate to procure 50% renewable energy by 2030, more than a decade ahead of schedule. In 2017, the Community Choice Energy agency sourced clean power with an emissions rate of less than one pound of carbon dioxide per megawatt hour, a 99% decrease in emissions associated with electricity generation. Additionally, SVCE customers save money. Electric generation rates for SVCE are now six percent less than PG&E’s equivalent rates. An average residential customer is saving approximately $40 per year with SVCE.

This information is being sent to electricity customers in a majority of Santa Clara County communities in the annual Joint Rate Mailer – a joint communication with SVCE and PG&E which provides side-by-side cost and power content comparisons for customers to review their electricity choices. The mailers are also available to view online at svcleanenergy.org/compare.

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Clean Power Alliance launches to offer businesses clean power at competitive rates

Clean Power Alliance has launched electricity service to over 30,000 businesses in unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County and the Cities of Rolling Hills Estates and South Pasadena. Business customers in these areas will automatically receive energy purchased by CPA that has higher renewable content and is competitively-priced with Southern California Edison, who will continue to deliver power, send utility bills, and be responsible for resolving any electricity service issues. At full enrollment, CPA will provide electricity service to 31 communities located in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.

In conjunction with today’s expansion of service and in the spirit of continuing to engage our communities in the future of CPA, the organization is pleased to issue an invitation to interested community members to serve on its inaugural volunteer Community Advisory Committee. The 15-member committee  will advise the Clean Power Alliance Board of Directors, and serve as a conduit for the organization to communicate with its geographically and socioeconomically diverse customer base.

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Monterey Bay Community Power set to add residential service

Poised to complete a years-long effort to take over regional power acquisition and focus on renewable energy, Monterey Bay Community Power is set to start residential power service to about 235,000 customers in the tri-county area on July 1, four months after starting non-residential service to about 37,500 customers.

MBCP Chief Executive Officer Tom Habashi said this marks “an important time” for the new agency and for the tri-county community, noting that on July 1 hundreds of thousands of residential customers “will begin receiving electricity sourced from carbon-free supplies and our region will take a big step forward in reducing emissions and building funds to support local renewable energy projects.” At the same time, Habashi noted the agency is set to launch a new 100 percent eligible renewable energy service dubbed MBprime on July 1 in partnership with the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

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Peninsula Clean Energy to Provide Grants Up to $75,000 for Innovative Energy Programs

Organizations and individuals with an interest in renewable energy development and innovation, greenhouse gas reduction, or energy programs to benefit local communities in San Mateo County are encouraged to apply for project grants of up to $75,000 from Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE). Funding is made possible by the new Community Pilot Program from PCE, San Mateo County’s official electricity supplier.

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Redwood Coast Energy Authority airport microgrid project takes flight with CEC grant

The California Energy Commission has granted $5 million to the Humboldt State University Sponsored Programs Foundation for a community-scale renewable energy microgrid at the Redwood Coast-Humboldt County Airport. The project will demonstrate the first multi-customer, front-of-the-meter microgrid with renewable energy generation owned by a community choice aggregator — Redwood Coast Energy Authority — with a microgrid circuit owned by Pacific Gas & Electric.

RCEA is providing $6 million in matching funds for the project. It will allow RCEA to participate in the CAISO wholesale electricity market and provide low-carbon resilience to a commercial airport and U.S. Coast Guard Air Station — critical emergency facilities in Humboldt County.

Read more here: California Energy Commission Funds Microgrid Projects

Valley Clean Energy Buying Power from Flood Control District

Valley Clean Energy, the new Community Choice Energy provider for the cities of Woodland, Davis, and unincorporated Yolo County, began receiving deliveries of energy on June 1 from the Indian Valley Hydro Project, a 3 megawatt local renewable small hydroelectric project located at the Indian Valley Reservoir on the east slope of the Coastal Range.

“We are thrilled to partner with Valley Clean Energy on this project,” said Flood Control District Board Chairwoman Mary Kimball. “This agreement is a win-win that provides benefits to the customers of both organizations. It is an opportunity for the District to sell the clean, renewable energy output of the Indian Valley hydro project to a local entity that shares our objectives of cost effective service, local control, and stewardship of natural resources.”

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