Renewable Energy Update -- November 22, 2013

by Allen Matkins

Renewable Energy Focus

$6 million for electric vehicle infrastructure in California

Green Car Congress - Nov 13

The California Energy Commission has issued a $6 million competitive grant solicitation to fund the buildout of electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the four following categories: destination charging, corridor charging, workplace charging, and multi-unit dwellings. The projects are intended to support the growth of electric vehicles as a conventional method of transportation and the adoption of plug-in electric vehicles over a wide range of California’s population and socio-economic classes.

Sonoma Clean Power eyes North Bay geothermal

North Bay Business Journal - Nov 15

Sonoma County’s startup public power agency is considering purchasing 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. The contract with Calpine Energy Service would constitute approximately 10 percent of Sonoma Clean Power’s electricity through 2023, ramping up to 18 megawatts — 158,000 megawatt-hours annually — as the renewable energy-focused power provider increases its customer volume in the coming years.

Northern California school district cuts utility costs with district-wide solar system

Electric Energy Online - Nov 14

Wright Elementary School District announced today that it has energized a 530-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system installed at four sites that was developed by TerraVerde Renewable Partners and constructed by Cupertino Electric, Inc., using Measure I funds. During its lifetime, the district-wide solar system is expected to generate more than 15.6 million kilowatt-hours of electricity.

CleanWorld’s Sacramento BioDigester named “International Bioenergy Project of the Year”

Green Building Elements - Nov 13

Monday night was a momentous occasion for CleanWorld, the anaerobic digestion company, which has drawn global attention to Northern California for its success in developing, building, and operating proprietary, U.S.-made technologies that produce renewable natural gas and bioelectricity from food and organic waste. Competing against a field of sixteen applicants representing bioenergy projects across the globe, CleanWorld received the “International Bioenergy Project of the Year” award at the Renewable Energy World – Power Engineering Awards Gala in Orlando, Florida for its groundbreaking Sacramento BioDigester facility. CleanWorld edged out bioenergy projects from four continents.

First Solar signs power purchase agreements for solar power project

Electric Power and Light News - Nov 12

First Solar signed power purchase agreements with member cities of the Southern California Public Power Authority for electricity to be generated at the 40-megawatt AC Kingbird photovoltaic solar power plant in Kern County, California. First Solar will develop and build the project.

First large-scale biogas plant in U.S. coming online in California - Nov 14

The first large-scale commercial biogas plant in the U.S. is coming online in San Jose on the site of an old landfill. It will turn food waste from local restaurants and businesses into energy and compost. The facility is a partnership between GreenWaste, which collects garbage, recyclables, and green waste, and Zanker Road Resource Management, which operates recycling facilities. When all three phases are online, the plant will be capable of processing 270,000 tons of organic waste a year.


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