Post Tagged with: "Clean Coalition"

These Santa Barbara School District solar microgrids have a resilience model others should copy

These Santa Barbara School District solar microgrids have a resilience model others should copy

September 30, 2020 at 9:59 am 0 comments

In a big win for clean local energy and resilience in the Santa Barbara region, the Santa Barbara Unified School District (SBUSD) Board unanimously voted last week to proceed with Solar Microgrid projects throughout the District, along with additional standalone solar projects. For the Santa Barbara Unified Solar Plus EnergyRead More

Solar + Whatever: How to provide home energy resilience (and keep a customer’s damn lights on)

Solar + Whatever: How to provide home energy resilience (and keep a customer’s damn lights on)

August 24, 2020 at 10:46 am 0 comments

It only takes one hurricane, tornado or wildfire for the value of a resilient home energy system to sink in. Add to such increasing natural disasters the unpopular new utility practice in California of Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) — a preemptive shut down of swaths of the grid toRead More

Big news: California PUC adds ‘avoided transmission costs’ to value of distributed energy resources

Big news: California PUC adds ‘avoided transmission costs’ to value of distributed energy resources

April 23, 2020 at 11:30 am Comments are Disabled

  In a big win for clean local energy in California, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has agreed to include avoided transmission costs as part of the valuation of distributed energy resources (DER). The CPUC uses the Avoided Cost Calculator (ACC) as a key tool to calculate the valueRead More

Solar parking canopies shading school buses at Analy High School, a Sage Energy site in the West Sonoma County Union High School District.

Santa Barbara School District to build solar-driven microgrids to improve community resilience

December 19, 2019 at 2:28 pm Comments are Disabled

As deadly wildfires and Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) become the “new normal” in California, communities are increasingly turning to renewables-driven microgrids to maintain power for their most critical loads during grid outages that can last for days or potentially weeks. To bring these communities unparalleled economic, environmental, and resilienceRead More

Watt’s Next? A crowd-sourced collection of ideas, innovations and inquiries for the Solar+ Decade

Watt’s Next? A crowd-sourced collection of ideas, innovations and inquiries for the Solar+ Decade

September 19, 2019 at 2:51 pm Comments are Disabled

It’s gonna break my heart to see it blown to bits. That’s the refrain of the best song of 2019, “Blown to Bits” by Charly Bliss — a catchy rumination on the state of the world right now. It was playing in my headphones as I put this section togetherRead More

This California city is trying a community microgrid to improve resiliency against wildfires, PG&E shutoffs

This California city is trying a community microgrid to improve resiliency against wildfires, PG&E shutoffs

July 30, 2019 at 3:29 pm 1 comment

The City of Calistoga, Calif., is in Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) territory, and therefore subject to PG&E’s Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) during times of high fire danger. The city experienced two PSPS warnings last fall, and a 48-hour shutoff disrupted the city and led to lost revenue for localRead More

Something to copy: Montecito Fire Protection District Board supports renewable energy-based microgrid

Something to copy: Montecito Fire Protection District Board supports renewable energy-based microgrid

March 7, 2019 at 1:57 pm Comments are Disabled

Fire, Law enforcement, School and County leaders met to plan yesterday! pic.twitter.com/MAkuvkjs3E — Montecito Fire (@montecitofire) February 1, 2018 The Montecito, Calif., Fire Protection District Board of Directors unanimously authorized Fire Chief Chip Hickman to draft a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to proceed with Community Microgrid efforts for the FireRead More

Clean Coalition identifies 500 MW of large-scale commercial rooftop solar potential in San Diego

Clean Coalition identifies 500 MW of large-scale commercial rooftop solar potential in San Diego

January 14, 2019 at 2:35 pm Comments are Disabled

The Clean Coalition has released a Solar Siting Survey that highlights the significant level of commercial-scale solar that may be generated within the City of San Diego. The Solar Siting Survey was conducted as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Solar Energy Innovation NetworkRead More