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 27, 2014
WINDSOR — A local firm is leading an effort to convince California residents that modern technology can clean sewage so well that the resulting water can be blended with conventional drinking water to solve current and future water crises.
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.
January 17, 2014
Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday declared a drought state of emergency, calling on Californians to cut water usage by 20 percent and directing public officials to put in motion 19 other measures, following similar actions taken recently by North Coast officials amid what is said to be shaping up to be the worst water supply situation in more than a century.
January 13, 2014
Gary Scott, a financial adviser with Edward Jones in Sonoma, and Debbie Gilman and Letizia Veronese, the branch office administrators, were recently honored by the firm for performance and client-service excellence. …
Santa Rosa Breakfast Club recently elected officers for the first half of 2014. …
The city of Fairfield recently hired Bryan Briggs as senior economic development project manager. …
Rebecca Lipski joined Pure Power Solutions in Healdsburg as senior operations manager. …
Tim McDonald, of Cloverdale, was elected chairman of the board of directors at Alexander Valley Healthcare. Joining him on the Executive Committee are Peter Turbott, vice chairman, and Brooke Greene, secretary. Jenine Saunders will continue as treasurer and CFO. …
Community Action Partnership Sonoma County named Tim Reese executive director. …
Marin Humane Society appointed Leilani Borenstein of San Rafael and Chip Smith of Mill Valley to its board of directors. …
Sonoma County radio station KWVF, The Wolf, added radio personality Sue Hall. …
Dana Kreuzberger, broker and manager of the Novato office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, was named secretary of the Marin County Chapter of the Women’s Council of Realtors. …
The board of directors of BioMarin Pharmaceutical, Inc. promoted Jeff Ajer to executive vice president and chief commercial officer. …
Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley hired Ann Petersen as the association’s first executive director. …
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 9, 2013
Redwood Trust declared a fourth-quarter regular dividend. …
Sonoma Resource Conservation District (RCD) was honored …
The second year of the “It’s a Wonderful Life in Sonoma County” giving campaign launched. …
Marin County’s luxury housing market turned in another strong month in October. …
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 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 21, 2013
Getting an existing or new structure in the North Bay certified under a Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design, or LEED, rating system will be both somewhat easier to tackle but more stringent on efficient use of resources under a new version of the standards set for launch next month.
September 23, 2013
AMERICAN CANYON — Consumers often have limited options for recycling the petroleum-based foam that cushions and insulates wine bottles during shipment, but a Napa Valley wine packaging company thinks it has found a way to make such recycling as easy as turning on a water spigot or stirring a compost pile.
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 29, 2013
PETALUMA — World Centric, a seller of biodegradable and recyclable food containers, plans to move its headquarters from Palo Alto to Petaluma’s Foundry Wharf, according to an announcement from the city of Petaluma and economic development officials.
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