Cost of Solar is Low Enough!

The cost of putting solar on your home rooftop has never been so low! These low costs are a result of ‘soft cost’ reductions and ongoing developments in industry efficiencies. This is great news for prospective solar buyers, as well as overall reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. By working with me as your Clean Energy Advocate, we can take […]

InterSolar 2016 was Stellar

On July 12 & 13, I attended the InterSolar solar industry conference and exhibition, held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. InterSolar is one of the largest annual solar industry conferences in North America. My reasons for attending were varied, but I was primarily motivated by my desire to measure the general ‘vibe’ of […]

Sunday Driver

by Geoffrey Smith, CCP It was a beautiful Sunday. I, however, was stuck in my Santa Rosa home with a torn meniscus, unable to engage in my preferred recreational activities: taking a hike in the woods or going for a bike ride. To make matters worse, my wife was out of town visiting family. I admit, I was feeling […]

The Power of Shakespeare in the Cannery

Pray, what does Shakespeare have to do with protecting the climate? For the past two years, my daughter and I have been delighted and moved by high-quality outdoor local productions of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night in Santa Rosa’s Historic Railroad Square’s Cannery. This summer, Shakespeare in the Cannery presents the 2016 season with Macbeth from July […]

Solar: A Gateway to Innovative, Net Zero Living

What does the future of clean energy look like from the perspective of a solar installer? It’s bright, according to Jeff Mathias, co-owner of Sebastopol-based Synergy Solar Systems. For Jeff, solar is a gateway to innovation and moving customers to a net zero carbon footprint. “Any solar vendor just selling solar is doing a disservice,” […]

Solar Wins the Day at CPUC

The fate of rooftop solar has been a cliffhanger for the last few months. On January 28, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) voted on the future of Net Energy Metering (NEM) and its impacts on rooftop solar in California. The consequences of a ‘bad’ CPUC decision are proven. We need only look at rate […]

(More) Action Needed Now to Save Rooftop Solar!

We all want to keep rooftop solar a viable, affordable option as a means of reducing greenhouse gases, right? To do so, we need you to raise your voice and take action because rooftop solar is under attack. Yes, again. The solar community celebrated Christmas a week early last year, when the California Public Utilities […]

A Good Day for Rooftop Solar!

On December 15, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) largely rejected the Investor Owned Utility (PG&E, SDG&E, SCE) proposals to dismantle the rules that make rooftop solar viable. The CPUC’s decision, although preliminary, will determine the fate of Net Energy Metering (NEM). NEM is the set of rules that governs how rooftop solar systems are […]

Don’t Wait to Install Solar – Costs Could Be Soaring Soon

The time is NOW to install solar on your rooftop.  An unprecedented set of challenges to the residential solar industry is threatening our ability to generate energy from the sun in the future: 1)  The Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) expiration – The ITC is scheduled to expire at the end of 2016 – The […]

The Sun is Rising on a New Day for Solar in Sonoma County

The recent ‘marriage’ of Solar Sonoma County (SSC) with the Center for Climate Protection (CCP) is, well, a match made in heaven. SSC has been responsible for a significant increase in installations of photovoltaic (PV) solar throughout the region. SSC has advocated on behalf of hundreds of homeowners and businesses by connecting them with qualified […]