November 27, 2013
PETALUMA — San Mateo-based SolarCity (Nasdaq: SCTY) opened a new warehouse and office in Petaluma and plans up to 20 hires there as part of the company’s broader push to open a network of smaller hubs for solar-panel installations throughout California.
November 19, 2013
SANTA ROSA — Sonoma County’s startup public power agency has signed its first power supply contract with Constellation, a deal that agency staff announced will allow average retail rates that are lower than Pacific Gas & Electric Co.’s projected rates in 2014.
November 15, 2013
SANTA ROSA — Sonoma County’s startup public power agency is set to consider the purchase of a portion of its electricity supply locally from the Geysers, the world’s largest complex of geothermal power plants located along the Sonoma and Lake County border, according to material presented to the agency’s governing board.
November 5, 2013
(UPDATED NOV. 7, 11:50 A.M.) SANTA ROSA — Planners for Sonoma County’s startup public power agency have received authorization to enter final negotiations for its first electricity supply contract, with pre-approval from the agency’s governing board to pursue a best offer that matches or beats next year’s anticipated average retail rates from Pacific Gas & Electric Co.
November 4, 2013
The county of Napa has taken a public step towards exploring future electricity service from a Marin County-based public power agency, setting in motion a process that could one day give ratepayers in Napa County’s unincorporated areas access to an alternate utility.
October 28, 2013
Santa Rosa’s First Community Bank has partnered with Marin Clean Energy to launch an on-bill repayment program for energy-efficiency improvement projects, offering what the power agency said is a convenient and cost-competitive financing option for its power customers in Marin County and the city of Richmond.
October 14, 2013
NORTH BAY — More than half a billion dollars in anticipated annual funding will soon be available for energy efficiency upgrades at K-12 schools and junior colleges in California, potentially enhancing other efforts that are already underway to fund that work in the North Bay.
September 30, 2013
California is a national leader in pushing renewable energy, lower greenhouse gas emissions and energy efficiency. State manufacturers have contributed to the effort by installing cost-effective technologies and instituting lean manufacturing processes to reduce their demand for electricity, natural gas and transportation fuels. No other state’s manufacturers have done as much. But with more climate [...]
September 23, 2013
Summit State Bank has moved its Petaluma branch to a new location in the city’s downtown district. …
In other Summit news, the California Independent Bankers trade group selected the bank as a recipient for one of its annual CIB Rising Star awards. …
American Canyon High School was selected as one of the 30 most beautiful high school campuses in the world. …
Mill Valley’s Blossom Organics, Inc. and Berkeley-based Mayer Laboratories, Inc. entered into an exclusive distribution agreement for the Blossom Organics line of intimate care products. …
Novato-based SolarCraft completed a 51-kilowatt solar electric and solar pool heating system at Sweetwater Spectrum community in Sonoma. …
Opperman and Son Inc., a 49-year-old family-owned heavy-duty truck and trailer dealership based in Healdsburg, added a solar array said to be the largest on the Healdsburg electrical grid. …
September 23, 2013
Sophia Montes-Castaneda joined Mechanics Bank as assistant vice president and retail office manager for the bank’s Napa office. …
Fairfield-based Partnership HealthPlan of California hired Robert Layne as director of government and public affairs as it expands its reach into eight additional counties. …
Keller Williams Realty Inc. named Petaluma-based luxury specialist broker associate Timo Rivetti amongst its top 25 agents in the country, for production in closed volume. …
Sausalito-based Equilibrium, the publishers of cloud-based video platform EQ Enterprise, added Allan McLennan to its advisory board. …
Lea Dutton, member of the San Anselmo Quality of Life Commission, was honored by the Marin Energy Authority with the Charles F. McGlashan Advocacy Award. …
September 2, 2013
PETALUMA — Enphase Energy, a maker of solar microinverters, continues the momentum that has characterized the company since its inception in 2006.
August 5, 2013
The governing board that will oversee the first operating year of a renewable energy-focused public power agency in Sonoma County took shape last Thursday, as the agency’s joint powers authority grew to include the cities that recently voted to allow the agency to offer power to its residents and businesses.
July 22, 2013
Sonoma Clean Power, the local program to buy and produce electricity, may be one of the most exciting opportunities for Sonoma County businesses in years. We often talk about voting with our wallets and supporting local businesses, well this is our chance to walk our talk!
July 15, 2013
As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star Portfolio Manager becomes the de facto gauge for compliance with rules related to building energy efficiency in California and across the nation, that no-cost energy- and water-use benchmarking online tool is set to have a more user-friendly look and more robust and flexible data-handling capabilities when the system comes back online, set for this week.
July 9, 2013
SANTA ROSA — After months of debate concerning Santa Rosa’s say in the governance of a renewable energy-focused public power agency under development in Sonoma County, representatives of the county’s largest city voted Tuesday to become the latest municipality to allow the agency to serve its residents and businesses.
July 9, 2013
PETALUMA — Enphase Energy Inc. (NASDAQ: ENPH) launched its fourth-generation solar electricity inverter Tuesday at the Intersolar North America expo in San Francisco.
The new M250 model is tougher, more efficient, more powerful and its software interface more intuitive than ever, according to Enphase Chief Executive Officer Paul Nahi.
July 8, 2013
Wells Fargo launched the Small Business Neighborhood Renovation Program in Santa Rosa to help “freshen up” some low-to-moderate income small businesses. Businesses selected for renovations were David’s Shoe Repair and West Coast Cuts. …
Rohnert Park mixed-used community Sonoma Mountain Village installed two free-to-use electric-vehicle charging stations at its event center. …
Petaluma Health Center earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star rating. …
32Ten Studios expanded its San Rafael practical-effects production studio with three new capabilities. …
Vanguard Properties, a San Francisco-based residential and commercial real estate brokerage headed by James Nunemacher for almost 30 years, is opening its first North Bay office. …
Korbel Blanc de Noirs California méthode champenoise sparkling wine was named “Best of Show, White” at the 2013 California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition. …
July 3, 2013
Energy Consultant Geof Syphers will serve as interim CEO for Sonoma Clean Power, guiding the rollout of the countywide public power agency during its formative stages.
July 2, 2013
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday told the Business Journal that its Energy Star Portfolio Manager online software for benchmarking building energy-use performance will remain out of service for another week to ensure the major upgrade goes smoothly.
July 1, 2013
Investment Advisor magazine recognized Greg Friedman, CEO and co-founder of San Rafael-based wealth-management firm Private Ocean, as one of the country’s top 25 advisers. …
Daniel Martinez is the newest member of the Keegan & Coppin Company, Inc./ONCOR International’s Santa Rosa office. …
Santa Rosa structural engineering firm MKM & Associates recently joined forces with the structural design firm Rogina Pestell. …
John Weber was elected to the board of directors of Petaluma-based Enphase Energy. …
Two physicians recently joined the Advanced Wound Center at Ukiah Valley Medical Center — general surgeon William Cress and Jeffrey Rapp, emergency and occupational medicine physician. …
Briana Birch joined Wells Fargo Insurance in Petaluma as a commercial lines account manager. …
Ken Cyphers moved his law practice from Santa Rosa to Healdsburg to work with law firm Welty | Welty, PC. …
Jordan Vineyard & Winery hired Nick Literski as regional sales director for the winery’s western territory. …
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