Tag Archives: San Diego

GRID Alternatives San Diego’s SummerSolarthon

By Roy L Hales

GRID Alternatives entered San Diego eight years ago, with a solar installation in El Cajon.  Since then, the non-profit has put up a total of 824 systems throughout the county. This Saturday, they return to the same El Cajon neighbourhood for GRID Alternatives San Diego’s SummerSolarthon.
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NEM 2.0 Starts In San Diego

The ECOreport posts part 1 of a series from California, first city passed the 5% cap on rooftop solar, NEM 2.0 starts in San Diego.

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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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What kind of a difference will CleverMade products make?

The ECOreport publishes a Q&A, What kind of a difference will CleverMade products make?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1In response to a San Diego company’s news release, I emailed back a series of questions based around the theme “What kind of a difference will CleverMade products make?”

These are the Questions and CleverMade’s answers.

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PACE Programs Heat Up San Diego’s Economy

The ECOreport looks at a report that 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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Praise for San Diego’s forward Thinking Budget

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThere were few criticisms when Mayor Kevin Falconer announced that San Diego will spend $127.3 million to carry out the city’s Climate Action Plan during the fiscal year 2017. $32.7 million of this is for projects tackling the city’s emissions and another $94 million for items indirectly supporting the plan. The largest single item, $65.7 million, is for the city’s water recycling program which is to supply up to a third of the city’s need by 2035. Some wanted more detail, but there was mostly praise for San Diego’s forward thinking budget.

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Shining Cities Leading America To 100%

The ECOreport looks at Environment California’s new report, which shows Shining Cities leading America to 100%

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMCities are a driving force behind the U.S. adoption of solar energy.  According to Environment California, the United States currently has 27 GW of installed solar capacity and much of that comes from more than 780,000 rooftops around the nations. Cities are not just centers of demand, are potentially major providers of electricity. Those are a few of the facts found in the 2016 report of Shining Cities leading America to 100%.

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SDG&E’s New RMA Saves Time & Cuts Installation Costs

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1A typical solar install, on an existing home, can cost homeowners an extra $2,500 for invasive and time consuming panel upgrades. In some cases, these upgrades cost up to $10,000 – and that does not include structural impacts to walls, stucco and landscaping. San Diego Gas & Electric’s (SDG&E) new Renewable Meter Adapter (RMA) eliminates the need for this, by connecting rooftop solar systems directly to the existing electric meter panel. SDG&E’s new RMA saves time & cuts installation costs.

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SunPower and KB Home are offering Energy Storage Solutions

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Battery storage is on the cusp of going mainstream. Thousands of German homes are now obtaining 60-70% of their electricity from solar. The yield is even higher in the US, where there is more sunshine. (Another story on this coming soon.) Now SunPower and KB Home are offering energy storage solutions in Southern California.
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Dozens of Animals Rescued from San Diego’s Wildfires

Nearly all the animals rescued by the County Department of Animal Services during the recent wildfires are back home with their owners.

From San Diego County News Service 

Animal Services rescued more than 50 animals when fires broke out across North County last week. In all six cats, four goats, 18 dogs, 21 horses, an emu and a bird were taken in to the department’s care. Only three cats remain.
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Transmission Grid Loss

By Roy L Hales

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The world’s transmission lines are believed to have dropped approximately 1.4 trillion kilowatt-hours of electricity last year. That’s around 1.2 trillion metric tons of CO2 dumped into the atmosphere. Though it is unlikely these loses can be eliminated in the near future, there are ways to reduce them.
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