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The wind at Ocotillo

By Roy L Hales

In case their are any doubts, the Imperial Valley Press carried a video of the controversial Ocotillo Wind Express’ turbines in action. The last 18 turbines will be installed next Spring. “The Ocotillo Wind project is a shining example of achieving local, state and national energy goals, while being the first renewable project to connect to the Sunrise Powerlink,” said Mike Garland , CEO of Pattern Energy, said in a recent press release. The $530 million project still faces opposition from environmentalists, Ocotillo residents, and  Kumeyaay Indians. There have been numerous lawsuits.
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San Diego’s Residential Solar industry Booming

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Much to the apparent chagrin of California’s three public utilities companies, residential solar is booming. According to the Vote Solar Initiative, 1,400 megawatts (MW) of PV installations are now operating on the homes or businesses of 134,000 Californians. In a recent study, they conclude that, the benefits to ratepayers in SCE, PG&E, and SDG&E territories will be around  $92.2 million a year “by the time the state’s net metering program is fully subscribed at 5% of peak demand.” Two thirds of these installations are in low and median income neighbourhoods.
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San Diego Auto Show

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1There is said to have been a record attendance at the San Diego International Auto Show, held December 27-30, 2012,  in the Convention Center. There were more than four hundred 2013 models, including a sizeable number of hybrid and electric vehicles,  “star cars” known from movies or tv and a number of “home made” electric vehicles (which had been gas powered, until their owners replaced the engine).
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Driving on 100% Sunshine

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Peder Norby’s interest in renewable energy goes back to his wind powered home in Denmark. Even then, Peder knew that someday he would drive an electric vehicle. In 2005, he and Julie built a 4,600 square house, overlooking the Agua Hedionda Lagoon in Carlsbad. Peder wanted a cheaper form of transportation, powered by sunshine. Julie was more concerned that it be dependable, comfortable and fun to drive. They installed 21 solar panels on the roof and a year later bought their first EV. Like most first time EV owners, they assumed it would be necessary to hang on to their “gas car.” That proved to be true until 2009, when Peder bought a BMW Mini E. As a County of San Diego Planning Commissioner, he drives all over the county, but found the Mini E was taking care of all his needs. His gas car just sat in the garage. So he sold it.

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Nika: A Gift of Clean Water

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1This started out as a “green tip” advising people against purchasing bottled water.  Then, in the midst of gleaning items from the web, I came across Nika’s website.  Nika is a Zulu word meaning “to give” and also the name of a La Jolla based bottled water company that is probably more ministry than business.

“We donate 100% of our profits back to the cause, “ the General Manager,  Jordan Mellul, told me.