Novato- and Sonoma-based SolarCraft announced that it has completed the design and installation of a 34.5 kW solar electric system for C&T Publishing in Concord. The project consists of 128 SunTech 270-watt solar panels spanning 2,540 square feet, helping to insulate and shade the building. Additional energy is saved by the added insulation, reducing the building’s heating and cooling load. The system’s solar panels convert sunlight directly into electricity and is expected to generate approximately 57,000 kilowatt-hours of energy annually, providing sustainable and price stable energy to the complex for decades to come. The new solar energy system allows C&T Publishing to generate enough electricity each day to power over 17 average homes. It will spare the air nearly 25 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually. Over the next 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating nearly 2 million miles of driving.Finance
The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the county of Marin by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for its comprehensive annual financial report. The certificate of achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of government accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.
Umpqua Bank, a subsidiary of Umpqua Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: UMPQ), continues to advance its Bay Area expansion with plans for a new flagship store in San Francisco’s financial district. The announcement follows Umpqua’s recent acquisition of Bay Area-based Circle Bank last month and planned flagship location in San Jose, adding significantly to the company’s presence in the greater Bay Area.
Free seminars on Retirement & Estate Solutions will be held at 1-6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at the Flamingo Hotel in Santa Rosa. The speaker panel will include Montgomery Taylor, CPA, CFP, financial advisor and author of the book Before It’s Too Late, Eric S. Gullotta, Attorney-at-Law, CPA, MS (Tax), Rob Kirby, EA, CFP, MBA, and Gary Liess, licensed life insurance and annuities professional. Topics include social security optimization, safe havens from market volatility, the hazards of putting your child’s name on your bank accounts or deed, tapping into your home as a retirement resource, and how to create a stream of guaranteed retirement paychecks. The seminar is free, this is an educational event, but seating is limited and reservations are required. Call the California Institute of Retirement & Estate Planning reservation hotline at 707-921-1665 day or night, to reserve your seat.
Willis Lease Finance Corporation (Nasdaq:WLFC), a leading lessor of commercial jet engines, announced that its board of directors has declared the regular monthly cash dividend for its 9 percent Series A, Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock (Nasdaq:WLFCP) of $0.075 per share. The preferred dividend will be paid on Oct.15 to shareholders of record as of Oct. 5, 2012.Awards
The Land Trust of Napa County is pleased to announce the recipients of its inaugural Acre by Acre Awards. Randy and Lori Dunn will receive the inaugural Acre by Acre Award, and Ann Taylor Schwing will receive the inaugural Founder’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The inaugural Acre by Acre Awards will be presented at a gala dinner and auction on October 13th, 2012 at Kenzo Estate, which abuts the Trust’s Foote Preserve on Mt. George in the Napa Valley. The award recipients are selected from a list of community nominees by a committee of past Board Chairs of the Land Trust of Napa County.