April 21, 2014
SONOMA COUNTY and LAKE COUNTY — U.S. Geothermal Inc, a geothermal energy company with offices in Boise, Idaho, has announced plans to acquire a late stage development at the Geysers that has shown promise for enough steam production to power up to 26,000 homes.
April 7, 2014
Enphase Energy located in Petaluma is on a trajectory of rapid growth. Last year the company captured significant market share in the U.S., and it broke into the Australian market as well.
March 31, 2014
SONOMA COUNTY — Sonoma County’s startup public power agency is drawing closer to the onset of service in May, seeing higher-than-expected enrollment and savings for its first round of customers compared to Pacific Gas & Electric Co.
March 3, 2014
“We harvest the sun to make products,” says Jim Happ, president of Labcon in Petaluma.
He radiates enthusiasm due to his company’s profitable adoption of solar powered manufacturing. “I think the local business message should be, ‘Come to Sonoma County and harvest the sun.’”
Editor’s note: This new column, Powering the Bottom Line, was developed in collaboration with the Sonoma County Climate Protection Campaign. This column and future ones will deal with how business can harness renewable energy resources.
February 18, 2014
PETALUMA — Enphase Energy, Inc. (Nasdaq: ENPH) on Tuesday reported net revenue increased nearly 8 percent last year and 16 percent in the fourth quarter, while net losses narrowed for the year and quarter, as shipments of solar panel electricity microinverters reached a record level.
January 24, 2014
CLOVERDALE — Bear Republic Brewing Company is tackling drought conditions with ingenuity, said to be the first brewery to try a new water-cleaning, energy-producing system developed for the U.S military.
December 30, 2013
If 2013 felt like a busy year, it’s because it was as the Business Journal’s Top 10 stories illustrate. From the most extensive transformation of Sonoma County’s energy sector ever to the construction of the $800 million Graton Resort & Casino in Rohnert Park to the reshuffling of health care to major wine M&A deals in Sonoma and Napa, 2013 could very well be viewed a decade from now as a pivotal year for the region.
December 30, 2013
SONOMA COUNTY — While planners for a new public power agency in Sonoma County have celebrated a number of milestones in 2013, 2014 will mark what could easily be the renewable energy-focused provider’s greatest milestone yet – the onset of electricity service to its first group of 20,000 customers.
December 19, 2013
SANTA ROSA — Planners for a new renewable energy–focused public power agency in Sonoma County on Thursday revealed that the optional all-renewables program will source its electricity entirely from the nearby network of geothermal power plants on the border of Sonoma and Lake counties, adding solar photovoltaic sources in the future.
December 12, 2013
SANTA ROSA — The final retail rates that future customers will pay for electricity service under a new renewable energy-focused public power agency in Sonoma County are coming into greater focus, following a preliminary pricing framework released to two of the agency’s key committees this week.
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. …
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