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Tuesday, 20 July 2010
California attorney general sues US government to permit popular renewable energy program
California Attorney General sues feds over renewable energy loans
Don Thompson, Associated Press Writer, On Wednesday July 14, 2010, 8:07 pm EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- State Attorney General Jerry Brown sued the federal government Wednesday, asking a judge to stop government-sponsored mortgage buyers from blocking a program that lets homeowners pay for energy-efficient improvements through increased property taxes. Brown's lawsuit argues that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac's opposition is forcing California counties to halt plans to provide the incentives. He sued the buyers and their regulatory agency, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, in Oakland U.S. District Court. The voluntary Property Assessed Clean Energy program encourages homeowners to install solar panels, upgrade insulation and take other steps to improve energy efficiency, Brown said. Homeowners pay for the improvements through property tax assessments over a decade or more.
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Tuesday, 16 March 2010
DWP rates may rise between 8% and 28% to pay for mayor's green initiatives

The hike would pay for more aggressive conservation programs and a solar plan designed to create 16,000 jobs as well as cover the fluctuating price of coal and natural gas.


Tuesday, 23 February 2010
Solar Water Heating Systems Eligible for State Rebates

Solar Water Heating systems eligible for state rebates of up to $1875!

On January 21, 2010, the California Public Utilities Commission approved a decision to create a new, statewide Thermal Program under the California Solar Initiative. The new program sets aside $305.8 million for direct financial incentives for consumers of Solar Water Heating systems.
Specific details are available on the CA state website.

Beginning May 1, 2010, residential customers who install certified SWH systems will be able to apply for state rebates of up to $1,875. Actual incentive payments will be determined by the thermal output of the system. The typical system that displaces natural gas will initially earn a rebate of $1,500, while the typical electricity-displacing system will qualify for a rebate of $1010. Incentive levels will decline in four steps as the solar thermal market grows, similar to the general market CSI-PV program. Commercial and multifamily customers who install certified SWH systems will qualify for up-front incentives of up to $500,000 beginning on June 1, 2010.
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Tuesday, 19 January 2010
Jemez Tribe of New Mexico to Build 14,850 Solar Panel, $22 Million Solar Power System

In New Mexico, the 3,000-member Jemez tribe of Native Americans is planning the nation’s first utility-scale solar project on tribal land.

For residents of New Mexico, it represents a future of cleaner energy. Most of the state is now powered by Colorado-based Tri-State Generation, whose generation mix includes approximately 70 percent coal, 24 percent natural gas and 5 percent oil.

Other utilities include Arizona Public Service (APS), which operates Units 1, 2 and 3 of the notoriously pollutive Four Corners (2,040-megawatt) coal-fired plant in Fruitland. Units 4 and 5 are jointly operated by APS, Southern California Edison, El Paso Electric, PNM, Salt River Project and Tucson Electric Power.

The Four Corners power plant escaped regulation from 1960 to 2007, when the Sierra Club finally forced the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to set air pollution standards. Unfortunately, a November 2009 report by Environment New Mexico showed that the Four Corners plant is still the dirtiest power plant in the state, based on greenhouse gas emissions.

By providing clean, renewable solar electricity to supplant some of this “brown” energy, the Jemez tribe is helping both itself and its neighbors to breathe a little easier. The solar farm will also bring in some badly needed dollars, to a tribe that does not operate casinos or other wealth-building modules because of its distance from population centers.


Thursday, 07 January 2010
Energy-saving retrofit of a 1920s house makes it so 2010

Paul Young, LA Times January 4, 2010

State and federal financial incentives may be encouraging homeowners to go green in 2010, but Don Foster and Erin Quigley decided not to wait.
The couple live in a circa-1920 L.A. home designed by Theodore Eisen, one of the architects behind the Doheny Mansion downtown  and the Lummis Home in Highland Park.  This Eisen house is actually twin residences that Foster and Quigley merged into one large, cozy place where they can entertain friends and family and still have their respective work spaces. But with 4,300 square feet of living space, their energy bills soared.
"I used to have a very small footprint," says Foster, a writer for "Two and a Half Men." "I didn't have a car, and I lived in a very small apartment. But then I moved into this place, and suddenly my footprint was huge."
The couple bought the  house in 1994 and took the first step toward a green renovation in 1996, when they put in solar panels.  "It's a kick to see your meter slow down to a crawl," Foster says. "But what we really wanted to do was to see it run backward."


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