Banking

Summit State Bank has moved its Petaluma branch to a new location in the city's downtown district. The building, at 100 Petaluma Blvd. South, formerly housed Bank of Petaluma. President and CEO Thomas Duryea said that the new central location will allow the bank to more easily serve local businesses and nonprofits.

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. While three of the four awards went to individuals, the fourth Overall Bank Achievement award went to Summit. Criteria include a clear mission and sense of integrity, innovation, enthusiasm, communication and overall vision.  Consumer Products

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. Under the new agreement, Mayer Labs will be solely responsible for the sales and distribution of Blossom Organics' entire line of products to all retail, wholesale, institutional and governmental channels in the United States, Europe and Canada.Education

American Canyon High School was selected as one of the 30 most beautiful high school campuses in the world by Columbus, Ohio-based Best Education Degrees. In addition to schools from the U.S., the list also includes schools in Europe, China and Australia.Solar

[caption id="attachment_79757" align="alignright" width="403"] Westcoast Solar Energy designed and installed a solar array for Opperman & Son's Healdsburg truck dealership that is said to be Healdburg's largest array with production of 142,000 kilowatt-hours annually.[/caption]

Novato-based SolarCraft completed a 51-kilowatt solar electric and solar pool heating system at Sweetwater Spectrum community in Sonoma, a residential development geared specifically for adults with autism. The solar electric system is roof-mounted on four residential buildings and the community center. It consists of high-efficiency solar panels spanning a total of 3,600 square feet. The system’s solar electric panels are expected to generate approximately 73,000 kilowatt hours of energy annually. The new solar energy system allows Sweetwater Spectrum to generate enough electricity each day to power over 12 average homes. It will spare the air nearly 20 tons of harmful greenhouse gases annually. Over the next 30 years, the air pollution saved will be equivalent to eliminating more than a million miles of driving.

Opperman and Son Inc., a 49-year-old family-owned heavy-duty truck and trailer dealership based in Healdsburg, added 378 U.S.-made monocrystalline solar panels to the 10-acre site. The array is said to be the largest solar system on the Healdsburg electrical grid, capable of producing more than 142,000 kilowatt-hours annually and offsetting all the dealership's electricity needs. Rohnert Park-based Westcoast Solar Energy designed and installed the system.