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Residential Customers Prefer Buying Solar Panels

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The days when close to 70% of California’s residential solar installations were leased may be over. Tara Kelly, chair of the San Diego chapter of CALSEIA, said now most residential customers prefer buying solar panels.

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NEM 2.0 Starts In San Diego

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1California’s original rooftop solar program, Net Energy Metering 1.0 (NEM 1.0), continues in each utilities’s area until homeowners supply more than 5% of the peak load.  The first city just passed that threshold. NEM 2.0 starts in San Diego.

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PACE Programs Heat Up San Diego’s Economy

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1After two years of operation, any concerns that the public held appear to be a thing of the past. County Supervisors Dianne Jacob (at podium) and Dave Roberts (grey suit) recently held a press conference to describe how PACE programs heat up San Diego’s economy.

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San Diego’s Solar Community Responds To SDG&E

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThere were about 150 of them, chanting “We will fight corporate greed.” “how do you spell corporate greed?: SDG&E” and “Solar Power is What We need.”  Some wore t-shirts boasting of affiliations to environmental groups like the Sierra Club or San Diego 350.org. Others were from local installers like Sullivan Solar Power, Stellar Solar, or SolarCity.  The  principal speaker was County Supervisor Dianne Jacob,  who has long championed rooftop solar. They were outside San Diego Gas & Electric’s corporate headquarters, in response to the utility’s appeal of the California Public Utilities Commission’s decision to leave the current Net Energy Metering (NEM) program in place. The San Diego Solar Community responds to SDG&E.

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Supervisor Dianne Jacob Defends Rooftop Solar

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Many hoped California’s net-metering war was ending two years ago, when Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 327. The state’s Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) was given to the end of this year to create a new tariff that will kick in once the state’s big three investor owned utilities (PG&E, SCE and SDG&E) reach 5% nameplate generation capacity under net metering. With the deadline approaching,  the “big three” went on the offensive. One of the California Public Utilities Commission hearings was in San Diego, on Oct. 28, 2015. That was where County Supervisor Dianne Jacob Defends Rooftop Solar.

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San Diego BOS Says “No” To Spent Nuclear Fuel

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMSan Diego County’s Board of Supervisors made history today.  Californians have never voted on whether to demand the Department of Energy remove nuclear waste. As San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station is decommissioned, a toxic waste dump is being built 600 feet from the Pacific Ocean, and roughly the same distance from the I-5. Unless some action is taken, 1,400 metric tons of spent nuclear fuel will be stored there. The Board of Supervisors voted 4-0,  to “add to the County’s Legislative Program support for legislation that would remove and relocate outside of the San Diego region the spent nuclear fuel stored at the decommissioned San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.” San Diego BOS Says “No” Spent Nuclear Fuel.

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Germany’s Wind industry is not like Southern California’s

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The sheer number of wind turbines in Germany is overwhelming! When the clouds open, they are often visible from the windows of a jet entering the country. Though they are primarily a rural phenomenon, there are about 60 turbines in the city of Hamburg. Some of the behemoths in Mecklenbourg-Verpommern have a capacity of 7.5 MW,  more than twice the 3 MW found in North America. Yet, speaking as one of a group of journalists touring renewable installations recently, unless you are standing directly underneath a turbine was difficult to pick out the “whoosh” of their whirling blades from other ambient sounds. Germany’s wind industry is an integral part of the nation’s energy revolution, which at least 56% of the respondents to a poll taken in 2013 said was “the right thing to do.” Only 10% were actually opposed. Germany’s Wind industry is not like Southern California’s.

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HERO PACE is now operational in +160 Californian communities

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1On Wednesday San Diego Supervisors Dianne Jacob and Dave Roberts joined San Diego City Council President Todd Gloria and representatives from the HERO PACE program and a local solar company on the steps outside the County Administration Center. They announced that the HERO PACE energy- and water efficiency program will now be available in San Diego (city), El Cajon and Escondido, as well as the unincorporated parts of San Diego County. It is a scene that has been repeated in many communities throughout California recently. HERO PACE is now operational in more than 160 Californian communities.
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The Other Opponents of Wind Energy

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Yesterday, Ohio’s Governor, John Kasich signed Senate Bill 310, freezing Ohio’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards for two years. The Ohio State House previously passed SB 310 by a 53-38 vote. This  prompted the usual round of conspiracy theories about ALEC and the Koch brothers. It is really time to look at the other opponents of wind energy.
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Residential PACE comes to Unincorporated San Diego

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMAs a result of recent Californian legislation, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors has approved the residential Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program. Though commercial PACE is available throughout San Diego, up until now only cities that opted to go on their own have offered residential programs. Now Home Energy Renovation Opportunity Program (HERO), California First and Figtree PACE programs have all been approved for homeowners.
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