Developing a Self-Sustaining Microgrid: Q&A with Stone Edge Farm’s Craig Wooster

Developing a Self-Sustaining Microgrid: Q&A with Stone Edge Farm’s Craig Wooster

Stone Edge Farm is a 16-acre estate owned by Mac and Leslie McQuown in Sonoma, California, that includes a winery known for producing Cabernet Sauvignon from organically-grown grapes. In 2013, Mac and experienced electrical engineering contractor Craig Wooster embarked on an open-source microgrid project to … Read more…

California Dairies Offered New Opportunities for Biogas Production

California Dairies Offered New Opportunities for Biogas Production

Dairies and agricultural companies in California have new opportunities to address methane emissions under a program encouraging the development of diary biogas in the state. Four utilities recently announced they will start accepting proposals for pilot projects that successfully capture and process biogas from dairy … Read more…

Southern California Wildfire Threat Prompts Pre-Emptive Power Outages

Southern California Wildfire Threat Prompts Pre-Emptive Power Outages

The Santa Ana winds whipped through parts of Southern California at 88 mph last week, spreading wildfires. Dangerously dry and windy conditions prompted San Diego Gas & Electric to notify 170,000 customers that they might lose power as the utility sought to prevent its power … Read more…

California Heads for 50% Clean Energy Production by 2020

California Heads for 50% Clean Energy Production by 2020

California’s major utilities are on track to meet or exceed the state’s target of 33% renewable energy by 2020 and investor-owned utilities project they will actually get to 50% by then, according to a new report from the California Public Utilities Commission. The state’s gains … Read more…

Edwards Air Force Base Begins Solar Panel Installation Project

Edwards Air Force Base Begins Solar Panel Installation Project

A project to install solar panels on 368 military family homes on Edwards Air Force Base in California started this month. The collaboration between the 412th Civil Engineer Group and Corvias, a development, construction and property management firm that manages the homes at the base, … Read more…

California Governor Signs Bills for PACE Loan Protections

California Governor Signs Bills for PACE Loan Protections

California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed two bills into law that aim to establish a consumer protection, underwriting, and regulatory framework for Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loans. The signing comes after a year of discussions and negotiations among low-income consumer advocates, environmental and clean-energy … Read more…

New Energy Storage Deployments Hit Record in the US

New Energy Storage Deployments Hit Record in the US

More than 40% of the 38 megawatts of new energy storage installed in the US during the second quarter of this year was in homes and businesses compared to 9% in the first quarter, Reuters reported. The relatively small energy storage market is growing rapidly, … Read more…

Bio-Pharmaceutical Company Lowers Energy Costs by 56% with Ice

Bio-Pharmaceutical Company Lowers Energy Costs by 56% with Ice

CALMAC, a Fair Lawn, New Jersey-based manufacturer specializing in ice-based energy storage systems, has just published a case study describing how a leading bio-pharmaceutical manufacturing company in Northern California used ice to decrease energy costs by 56%. This bio-pharma company, which CALMAC is keeping confidential, … Read more…

Small Changes Add Up to Big Savings for Diverse Sonoma County Businesses

Small Changes Add Up to Big Savings for Diverse Sonoma County Businesses

A range of businesses in Sonoma County, California, are benefitting from implementing seemingly small changes to their sustainability practices, the Press Democrat reports. When companies make shifts in lighting, heating, cooling, and production, the results can make a big difference to their bottom lines. One … Read more…

How the 2017 Solar Eclipse Will Affect the US Electric Grid

How the 2017 Solar Eclipse Will Affect the US Electric Grid

Total solar eclipses have passed over the United States before. The last coast-to-coast one occurred in 1918. In March 1970, a total solar eclipse moved along the southeast coast and nine years later another plunged several northwestern states into darkness. The difference on August 21, … Read more…

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