Articles Tagged With ‘Solar Energy’

New energy in advancing solar bill

A bill recharging California’s renewable energy plans is expected to skip through the state Assembly and make it to Gov. Jerry Brown for signature. (San Francisco Chronicle) The measure by Assemblyman Henry Perea (D-Fresno) is considered the most significant energy... (Continue reading)

Solar homes in state multiplying

Home solar systems were installed by California homeowners at a record rate last year, with the equipment generating a total of 391 megawatts of electricity, according to data released by the government. (San Francisco Chronicle) A rebate program for solar... (Continue reading)

Valley fever outbreak strikes solar power plant workers

Valley fever has struck 28 workers at two solar power construction sites in San Luis Obispo County. [LATimes] Staff from the California Department of Public Health, investigators from the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health and San Luis Obispo... (Continue reading)

Solar power plants burden host counties

With many California counties struggling to keep out of debt, several have embraced the development of solar power plants and the bounty of jobs and taxes windfalls they promise. [LATimes] In Inyo County, officials grew giddy last year as they... (Continue reading)

Sierra Club walks from Patterson

County Supervisor Jim Patterson, erstwhile darling of local environmentalists, won’t be getting the support of the Santa Lucia Chapter of the Sierra Club in his upcoming battle for reelection to his Fifth District seat. [The Tribune] Patterson told a reporter... (Continue reading)

Jim Patterson and the California Valley solar ranch

OPINION By ALEX ALEXIEV Fifth District Supervisor Jim Patterson has distributed a campaign brochure touting the fact that he “has led the effort” to approve two solar energy projects and “provide nearly 400 skilled worker positions” at the California Valley... (Continue reading)

Buffett to purchase SLO County solar farm

A company owned by Warren Buffett announced Tuesday it has entered into a definitive agreement with First Solar to buy the Topaz Solar Farm currently under construction in San Luis Obispo County. The 550-megawatt solar plant is expected to produce... (Continue reading)

Sunpower reports huge loss

SunPower Corp., a solar power company that received a last-minute Department of Energy loan in September, announced today that it lost more than $370 million in its fiscal third quarter – more than double its second-quarter loss – and that... (Continue reading)

SunPower agrees to cease operations after 50 years

SunPower Corp. settled a dispute with a group of litigants battling against its San Luis Obispo County solar project by agreeing to close the plant down after 50 years of operation. The 250-megawatt proposed California Valley Solar Ranch plant will... (Continue reading)

First Solar agrees to cease operations after 35 years

Under an agreement with a group of litigants battling against a Carrizo Plain proposed solar plant, Topaz Solar farm will close down after 35 years of operation, First Solar and two local activist groups announced. [Tribune] The 550-megawatt proposed First... (Continue reading)