Category Archives: Technology

San Diego County Decision On Pace Program Imminent

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Sometime in the next 90 days, most likely around the time SDG&E brings their latest rate increase into effect,  County staff will bring forth a recommendation as to how San Diego can set up a County-wide PACE program. They are considering  offering the residential PACE program to homes that have no mortgages and homes with mortgages that are not funded through FHFA (i.e., Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac). While Riverside County is allowing homes with FHFA loans to participate in PACE program, the San Diego Board of Supervisors believe there is a risk for the homeowner because FHFA homes may be required to pay off the loan prior to being able to sell or refinance their home. They do want to place County residents at risk of having to make a lump sum payment that the residents may not have anticipated. Continue reading San Diego County Decision On Pace Program Imminent

PACE Program making some Progress in San Diego

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The Property Assessed Clean Energy program (PACE) has made further progress within San Diego. Oceanside, San Marcos and Vista have all approved multiple programs within their communities. The topic will once again come before the County’s Board of Supervisors later this month. Continue reading PACE Program making some Progress in San Diego

San Diego’s first Zero Net Energy Apartment Complex

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1A press release about San Diego’s first Zero Net Apartments was issued two days ago. The 338kW solar installation, of panels made by Kyocera Solar Inc., will provide 100% of the electricity needed by H.G. Fenton Co.’s 114-unit  Solterra EcoLuxury Apartments in San Diego’s Scripps Ranch suburb. In addition to being San Diego’s first net-zero apartments, Solterra is the first in the US to give tenants instant access to their energy consumption via smartphone, enabling them to adjust their thermostats remotely and is incorporating energy-efficient and water-saving features including Energy Star appliances (such as washers that use up to 40% less water ), drip-irrigation landscaping (that requires little to no irrigation) and garages prewired to charge electric vehicles. Continue reading San Diego’s first Zero Net Energy Apartment Complex

Skyline Innovations Receives Another $2 Million Financing

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Skyline Innovations, a DC based leader in the financing and installation of solar water heating systems, has just closed a deal to receive another $2 million in funding.  This will enable them to further expand into San Diego, where they opened a regional office last year, as well as the rest of Southern California and the US. Continue reading Skyline Innovations Receives Another $2 Million Financing

HERO Financing program expanding into San Diego

By Roy L Hales

The recent announcement that Vista and San Marcos have passed resolutions to join the HERO Financing Program, and make the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program available to their property owners, is the most recent indication of this program’s progress within San Diego. Oceanside is also known to be interested and there said to be other communities looking at this program. Continue reading HERO Financing program expanding into San Diego

SDG&E Explains Their Zero Net Energy Home

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1On April 19, San Diego Gas & Electric issued a news release about was alleged to be San Diego’s first Zero Net Energy Home. That prompted me to spend Saturday finding out what some of the local solar installers thought.  This morning we heard from Gina Jacobs, from their PR department. SDG&E explains their zero net energy home.
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San Diego’s First Zero Net Energy new Home Construction (Maybe)

By Roy L Hales

San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) has just sent out a press release announcing “the first Zero Net Energy new home construction by a production homebuilder in San Diego County.” As there are many houses feeding the grid, I decided to see what some solar companies would say.  Continue reading San Diego’s First Zero Net Energy new Home Construction (Maybe)

ECOR® is going Places

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1After six years of development,  San Diego based Noble Environmental Technologies  (NET)seems on the verge of taking off. Robert Noble, founder and CEO of NET collaborated with the Forest Products Laboratory of the US Department of Agriculture to create ECOR®.   They have reached over to Europe, where Noble Environmental Europe AG (NEEU), a subsidiary company, was recently launched in Zug, Switzerlandtal, and a plant in Serbia is expected to go into production later this year.  They have been talking to Ikea, where, Rene Haüsler NEEU CEO was CEO for more than 30 years, and have big hopes for future co-operation. There are also talks with potential business partners in Brazil, China and Korea. Continue reading ECOR® is going Places

A. O. Reed receives the 2013 SDGE Trade Professional Award

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1A.O. Reed & Co. has been recognized by San Diego Gas & Electric (SDGE) for excellence in Energy Efficiency.  The 2013 SDGE Trade Professional Award was received at the “Trade Professional Forum”, on March 7th.  The company’s roots go back to 1914, when Albert and Harry Reed opened up a small plumbing business. Continue reading A. O. Reed receives the 2013 SDGE Trade Professional Award