Following the lead of a couple of popular reality TV programs, Sacramento Municipal Utility District(SMUD) recently held a tiny house competition. Teams from colleges around the state competed to build net-zero tiny solar-powered houses.  The competition was held at Consumnes River College in Sacramento, California. First prize went to the team from Santa Clara University….

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Innovation meets modern architecture in another beautiful example of solar energy powered venues. The new home of the Sacramento Kings NBA Basketball team will be a 100% solar powered facility. 1.2 MW comes from roof mounted solar generation. Coupled with 11 MW from a nearby partner project solar farm, the entire facility will operate on…

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Another victory for California solar consumers. Last week the California Public Utilities Commission(CPUC) largely rejected legal challenges to net energy metering rules(NEM) previously adopted in January of this year. Applications for rehearing had been filed by PG&E, SCE and SDB&E alleging legal errors in the January decision. TURN, a ratepayer group, as well as representatives…

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The benefits from California’s new emissions targets continue to expand with more Californians(and beyond) set to benefit. Fossil fuel special interests will vilify cap-and-trade programs purely based on costs, without giving even passing notice to the positive outcomes. First, they passed legislation allocating $900 million already collected in the state’s carbon auctions to projects such…

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