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Articles related to developments at companies participating in the solar industry. Coverage focuses on in-state activities of companies based in California, or California-related developments of other companies as they expand, re-position or shrink their presence in the state. Companies covered include installers, manufacturers and utilities (Investor-owned, private-owned and municipal).


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Elon Musk has discovered a new passion in life — and it could be Tesla’s best product yet

Tesla CEO Elon is the best car salesman in history. And as CEO of SpaceX, he’s declared his intention to retire on Read More →

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Tesla solar roof prices come in cheaper than some had expected

Tesla said Wednesday that the first two styles of its solar roof will be priced at about $21.85 per square foot.  Read More →

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Elon Musk wants to sell you a better-looking roof

Musk, the chief executive of Tesla Motors and chairman of SolarCity, showcased a line of high-design solar roof tilesthat would replace clunky solar panels and Read More →

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SoCalGas planning an advanced energy model that includes wind, solar & storage

Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) announced that it will partner with the University of California-Irvine’s  Advanced Power & Energy Program to design an “Advanced Read More →

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California’s big utilities to reach 50% renewable energy in 2020

When California’s political leadership pushed its 50% renewable energy mandate in 2015, there was some skepticism about whether or not Read More →

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SCE Named No. 1 Solar Utility in U.S. for Second Year in a Row

Southern California Edison delivered more solar energy to its customers last year than any other utility in the nation, according to rankings Read More →

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Solar is Generation of Choice in California

California’s second-largest publicly owned utility is “not buying anything other than solar right now,” said Arlen Orchard, CEO of Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD). Orchard’s comment reflected prevailing opinion at the Infocast California Energy Summit last week: Solar is the generation of choice now in California — and its role will only grow. Read More →

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PG&E Launches Program To Let All Customers Go 100% Solar

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) has officially launched its previously announced program to extend the option for 100% solar power to all customers, whether or not they are planning to install rooftop solar. Under PG&E’s Solar Choice program, customers can purchase half or all of their electric power from solar energy locally sourced in northern and central California for what the utility calls a modest charge. Read More →

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Investors React Positively to SunEdison’s Restructured Plan to Buy Vivint Solar

SunEdison shares jumped more than 14 percent today after the company revised the terms of its acquisition of residential installer Vivint Solar. In July, SunEdison unveiled a $2.2 billion plan to acquire Vivint in cash, stock and convertible notes. Investors were not thrilled with the terms of the deal, however, and SunEdison’s stock declined precipitously over the following months. Read More →

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18 schools across California turn to SunEdison to save millions with solar

SunEdison, Inc. today announced that it has signed 20-year power-purchase agreements with six school districts across California. These agreements will see more than 9 megawatts of solar installed at 18 elementary, middle, and high schools throughout the state, and is expected to save taxpayers more than $30 million in energy costs over the next 20 years. Read More →

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SunPower Plans to Sell Rooftop Solar Electricity in California

SunPower Corp., the second-biggest U.S. solar manufacturer, is developing a plan to sell electricity in California. As the company combines its rooftop solar, energy storage and management systems, it will tap those resources to sell into the California bulk-power marketplace, Chief Executive Officer Tom Werner said in an interview Tuesday at the Edison Electric Institute Financial Conference in Hollywood, Florida. Read More →

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SolarCraft Completes Solar Power System for Horicon School District – Sonoma County School Makes the Switch to Solar Power

Novato and Sonoma based SolarCraft announced the completion of a 59 kW solar electric system at Horicon Elementary School in Annapolis, CA, near the northern coast of Sonoma County. The new photovoltaic system will offset 99% of their utility grid demand, essentially eliminating their electric bills and saving the school district thousands in utility fees every year. Read More →

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As the push for solar increases, so do the scams, sketchy sales tactics

Solar scams are on the rise, as some companies hit homeowners with increasingly aggressive sales and marketing tactics, and under-deliver on promises of low installation cost and big electricity savings. Recent stories from around the state include a solar installer climbing atop a home without permission to take roof measurements and contractors pulling city building permits even before customers sign contracts, state officials say. Read More →

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